The Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) did not include Russia in the black or gray list of countries, follows from a statement on the group's website. The decision was made at a plenary meeting in Paris.
Inclusion on these lists, which Ukraine insisted on, would mean cutting off Russia's last ties to the global financial system, disconnecting from the international banking system and conducting financial transactions only through intermediaries.
Iran, Myanmar and North Korea are currently on the FATF black list. The gray list includes countries that theoretically agree with the recommendations and are ready to change their laws. But while the changes have not occurred, they are in the gray list and are subject to enhanced verification.
At the meeting in Paris, Croatia was added to the gray list.
Membership in the FATF of Russia, which has been in the group since 2003, was suspended after the start of the war in Ukraine. As long as the suspension remains in effect.
The head of the Central Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, said at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum that there are no objective grounds for excluding Russia from the FATF. And she suggested that this would greatly worsen foreign trade activity.