EU Bans Crypto Payments from Russia
EU bans crypto services in Russia and it is one of several new ‘hard-hitting’ measures of the EU against Russia.
The bloc banned seven Russian banks from accessing SWIFT earlier in March
The European Union has imposed sanctions that forbid European crypto operations from providing virtually any cryptocurrency services to Russians. Russia will lose access to most of the cryptocurrency services in the European Union.
On September 6, the EU announced its eighth package of sanctions against Russia in response to its ongoing invasion and annexation of Ukraine.
The EU Council describes the new policy as “a full ban of the provision of… wallets, account or custody services to Russian persons and residents, regardless of the total value of those crypto-assets.”
A separate statement published by the European Commission indicates that related restrictions had been put in place before today, but that wallets holding less than €10,000 ($9,800) had been exempt from those sanctions.
Today’s announcement only names “crypto-asset wallets, accounts, or custody services” as services that cannot be offered to Russian users. However, it seems that crypto exchanges, brokerages, and payment services will be covered by the ban as account-based services.
The sanctions package also contains bans unrelated to cryptocurrency. Specifically, it aims to restrict Russian imports and exports, limit the movement of military equipment, and implement a price cap on Russian oil exports.
The EU Commission said that sanctions are “proving effective” in limiting Russia’s ability to manufacture and repair weapons. It also expressed its support for Ukraine.
Russia, for its part, has been attempting to lift its own restrictions on cryptocurrency usage. This week, Russia’s finance ministry announced plans to allow international cryptocurrency settlements for most industries. The country has been open to that possibility since at least May.
It is unclear whether today’s sanctions will limit those plans, as Russia may plan to transact in crypto outside of the EU.
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