[ワシントン ２０日 ロイター] – A senior US government official said on Wednesday that private Turkish banks Isbank and Denizbank had stopped using Russia’s proprietary MIR payment system, which makes a lot of sense to avoid sanctions risks, said he s expected more banks to stop using it.
The bank said it “wouldn’t want to risk being on the wrong side” of Western sanctions against Russia.
Isbank and Denizbank announced on the 19th that they had stopped using Meal. The United States has sanctioned the CEO of the National Payment Card System (NSPK), which operates Mir.
Turkey has been pursuing a well-balanced diplomacy since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the suspension of the use of Mir by the two banks appears to be aimed at avoiding being financially caught between the West and the Russia.
But Turkey’s Erdogan has had several meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including one in Uzbekistan last week, and diplomatic sources say Western countries are wary of Russia’s growing economic ties with Turkey.
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