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23 Settembre 2022

Russia - Tagikistan


Tajikistan's largest bank continues unrestricted operations with Mir cards State-owned Amonatbank, Tajikistan's largest bank, continues unrestricted operations with cards issued by Russia's Mir payment system, according to the Khovar national news agency. Recently established Dushanbe City Bank also continues to accept Mir cards. The cards issue funds in the national currency, somoni. "Amonatbank in September 2022 started issuing chip cards for the Korti Milli national payment system that are accepted in Russia and the partner countries of the Mir card," Amonatbank press center director Dilafruz Rakhmatova told the Khovar news agency. Amonatbank, formerly Savings Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan, along with Orienbank and Eskhata Bank, is one of Tajikistan's systemically important banks, and there are more than 10 banks operating in the country. Turkey's Isbank and DenizBank previously announced the suspension of accepting Mir cards owing to the warning from the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Vietnam's BIDV has also stopped processing the Mir payment system. Kazakhstan's CenterCredit Bank also intends to introduce restrictions on operations with Mir cards. On September 15 of this year, the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released a document to clarify that non-U.S. financial institutions that enter into agreements with the National Payment Card System (NSPK) risk being involved in actions to circumvent United States sanctions by expanding the territory of use of the Mir payment system outside the Russian Federation. Meantime, the OFAC document specified that the NSPK itself was not on the sanctions lists. OFAC added NSPK general director Vladimir Komlev to the list of blocking sanctions at the same time as publishing the clarification document. Information about countries where Mir cards are accepted is not currently available on the NSPK website. As of early September, Turkey, Vietnam, South Korea, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia accept Mir cards. The possibility of accepting Mir cards was also under discussion with Iran, Cuba, Egypt, and Venezuela. The Russian authorities established the NSPK, which operates Mir cards, in 2014 following a number of sanctions being imposed against Russia. The NSPK announced the start to issue the first Mir cards in December 2015. (ICE ALMATY)

Fonte notizia: INTERFAX