“What sanctions?” is how Russia laughs off Western punitive measures while creating its own alternative system. Much like the attack on Russian oil and gas, the West is shooting itself in the foot here as well. Iran and the sanctions against it in the previous 10 years have also been a prime example of plans backfiring. Iran, a third world economy, has no bottom — and plenty of other needy customers such as China who would be more than welcome to take Persian oil.
“The pilot project involves SMP Bank and Rossiya Bank, those for which the story is very critical and important. These are quite large banks,” the head of the Russian National payment system (NPS) Vladimir Komlev said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV.
The move comes as a part of Russia’s ambitious initiative to move away from the Western dominance of its financial markets. Last month the Russian Central Bank said it would have its own international inter-bank payment system, an alternative to the global SWIFT network up and running by May 2015. Continue reading