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Putin calls for blockchain-based international payment system
The Russian President criticized Western sanctions and urged for a system “independent of external interference.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the monopoly in global financial payment systems and called for an independent and blockchain-based settlement network on Nov 24, speaking at the International AI Journey Conference in Moscow.
Putin also noted that global payments and nations are at risk due to tense relations between Russia and the West following Ukraine’s invasion, labeling sanctions imposed by countries as “illegitimate restrictions.”
“The existing system of international payments is expensive, the system of its correspondent accounts and regulation are controlled by a narrow club of states and financial groups,” noted the Russian president.
A day before, the local media reported that lawmakers have been in discussions for amendments to the existing cryptocurrency legislation, laying down a legal framework for a national exchange.
Another recent development, a bill was introduced into the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on Nov. 17 legalizing cryptocurrency mining and the sale of the cryptocurrency mined.
As reported by Cointelegraph, chairman of the Duma Financial Markets Committee Anatoly Aksakov believes the “passage of the law will bring this activity into the legal field, and make it possible to form a law enforcement practice on issues related to the issuance and circulation of digital currencies.” Currently, cryptocurrency cannot be used for settlements in Russia.