The European Union is discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions against the Russian payment system "Mir"

15:58 19 September Kyiv, Ukraine

EU representative Petr Stano said that the EU is discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions against the Russian payment system Mir.
According to him, the discussions are still “confidential”, and both the Mir operator, the National Payment Card System (NSPK), and its leadership can become the object of sanctions.

On Friday, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that Vladimir Komlev, CEO of NSPK (Mir system operator), was blacklisted and warned that banks accepting Russian cards abroad could be subject to sanctions.. The claims are addressed primarily to Turkey, where five credit institutions are connected to Mir, and two of them began to accept Russian cards after the start of the war.

Turkey is a candidate for EU membership, Stano recalled, and therefore its foreign policy must be consistent with the foreign policy decisions of the European Union, including in terms of sanctions.
“It is important that Turkey does not offer Russia a solution to circumvent existing EU sanctions,” he said, adding that Brussels “will continue to monitor the situation.”
Now Mir cards are accepted in 11 countries of the world, of which only three are located outside the post-Soviet space - these are Vietnam, South Korea and Turkey. Russian tour operators announced plans to join the systems of Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. In September, the Central Bank of Egypt began negotiations at the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on Mir. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation plans to increase the number of countries where you can use cards of the Mir payment system, up to 20 by 2025 and up to 35 by 2030.

So far, however, even in Turkey there are problems with Russian cards: last week, three large hotel chains began to refuse payments via Mir - Crystal Hotels, Nirvana Hotel and Titanic. Top management of hotels explained this by the policy of banks, which, in turn, referred to the order of the Central Bank of Turkey.

The European Union will send a delegation to Ankara for direct talks with the Turkish government on Peace, sources familiar with the preparation of the relevant plans told the Financial Times.

The goal, they say, is to increase pressure on Turkish banks that cooperate with Russia and may be involved in sanctions circumvention mechanisms.