The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury expressed its readiness to impose restrictive measures in support of Russia’s attempts to expand the use of the Mir payment system outside the country. The corresponding statement was published on agency website.
“The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury is ready to use targeted powers in response to support for Russian Federation evasion of sanctions, including attempts by the Russian Federation to expand the use of the National Payment Card System [оператор карт «Мир»] outside the Russian Federation, ”the document says.
It is noted that the National Payment Card System is not included in the list of US government sanctions. However, the department believes that financial institutions based outside the United States can cooperate with the NSPK to “support the efforts of the Russian Federation to circumvent US sanctions.” In addition to this, the Ministry of Finance has included in the sanctions list the head of the NSPK Vladimir Komlev, the chairman of the board of the National Settlement Depository Viktor Zhidkov, the head of the board of the National Clearing Center JSC Eddie Astanin, the head of the Deposit Insurance Agency Andrey Melnikov, and others. means freezing assets in the United States, as well as a ban on American citizens and companies from doing business with its defendants.
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