FATF suspends Russia's membership over Ukraine war

TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (MNA) – The Financial crime watchdog FATF on Friday suspended Russia's membership for its alleged attacking Ukraine, on the anniversary of the conflict.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday suspended Russia’s membership, claiming that Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine contradicts the principles of the organization. RT reported.

The Paris-based agency noted, however, that it expects Moscow to continue to “implement the FATF Standards.”

“The Russian Federation’s actions unacceptably run counter to the FATF core principles aiming to promote security, safety, and the integrity of the global financial system.

“They also represent a gross violation of the commitment to international cooperation and mutual respect... Considering the above, the FATF has decided to suspend the membership of the Russian Federation,” the agency said in a statement on its website.

FATF is a global intergovernmental organization that seeks to counter money laundering, financial crime, and the financing of terrorism. According to analysts, suspension from FATF may affect a country’s economic image, as it discourages foreign investment by signaling problems in the rule of law and may lead to a country’s investment rating being downgraded. Russia has been a member of FATF since 2003.

Russia’s domestic watchdog, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring), criticized the FATF decision, calling the move baseless and political.


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