Hours before Russia announced the withdrawal Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told Reuters that European foreign ministers should meet Monday and discuss kicking Russia out of the global SWIFT payments system
. The US has kept this measure in reserve as a severe financial sanction. As of 2018, around half of all high-value cross-border payments worldwide used the SWIFT network, exchanging an average of 32 million message a day. Kuleba also said he asked Washington to supply “powerful means of electronic warfare” to counter Russia’s capacity to jam Ukrainian communications.