Polish PM says Hungary will not veto blocking Russia from SWIFT

"I talked today again with Prime Minister of Hungary V. (Victor – PAP) Orban. Once again he assured me of support for far-reaching sanctions directed towards Russia. Also including blocking the SWIFT system," Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter. Mateusz Morawiecki/Twitter

Poland's prime minister said he had spoken again on Saturday with his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, who had assured him of Budapest's support for far-reaching sanctions against Russia.

"I talked today again with Prime Minister of Hungary V. (Victor – PAP) Orban. Once again he assured me of support for far-reaching sanctions directed towards Russia. Also including blocking the SWIFT system," Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter.

SWIFT is a global information exchange system between financial institutions.

Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jabłoński also said on Saturday he had spoken to Hungarian Ambassador Orsolya Zsuzsanna Kovacs and that "Hungary will not block any sanctions against Russia, also including concerning the SWIFT system."

EU sanctions against Russia came into force on Friday night in response to its attack on Ukraine. The EU imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as well as broad individual and economic sanctions including against Belarus.

There have been reports in recent days that some countries, including Germany, Italy and Cyprus, as well as Hungary, would reject blocking Russia from SWIFT but lately both Italy and Cyprus have said they will not veto this sanction.