Economics & Finance

20 countries adopted Russian payment system alternative to SWIFT

by Tasnim News

Coinciding with the BRICS overall de-dollarization plans, twenty countries have adopted the Russian Payment system to ditch the US dollar.

Russia says its alternative to SWIFT already has more than 159 foreign participants.

For the BRICS alliance, finding a way to challenge the Western payment system has been a key aspect of its infrastructure. Subsequently, Russia’s System for Transmitting Financial Messages (SPFS) could be that alternative.Indeed, Russia Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina announced a recent BRICS discussion, Watcher. Guru reported.

For much of 2023, the BRICS economic alliance has sought to increase its de-dollarization plans. Both Russia and the newly invited nation Iran have faced Western sanctions. Moreover, the other countries are fearful of similar actions against them. Therefore, the bloc is seeking to combat the overall global status of the greenback.

Amid those efforts, the alliance has sought to create an alternative to the Western SWIFT. Now, amid the BRICS continued ascension, 20 countries have joined the Russian payment system to ditch the US dollar. Specifically, Russia’s Central Bank governor spoke to other BRICS nations about the development.

“Russia has a System for Transmitting Financial Messages (SPFS), which is an alternative to SWIFT. Similar infrastructures exist in some other countries. We are holding discussions on the interaction of such platforms, but here the interest and technical readiness of our partners are important,” Nabiullina said.

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