The cessation of Turkish banks from using the Russian payment system Mir will be dynamite for tourism and the Turkish economy. This opinion was expressed on September 29 by Dogu Perincek, Secretary General of the Turkish Motherland Party.
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“We have received news that Turkish banks have withdrawn from the Mir system. This decision is dynamite, pawned under Turkish tourism and the Turkish economy. Sanctions against Russia are sanctions against Turkey. Nobody can afford it,” he was quoted by the Aydınlık newspaper.
It is also known that the Rodina party organized protests in Antalya against the backdrop of reports that banks in the republic had stopped using the Russian Mir system. The participants of the action severely criticized the fact that state-owned banks, following private ones, succumbed to pressure from the West.
The day before, Igor Dodonov, an analyst at the Finam financial group, told Izvestia that the cessation of accepting Mir cards by Turkish banks could have a very negative impact on cooperation between Russian and Turkish businesses, in particular, on tourism.
On the same day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the decision of Turkish banks not to service Russian Mir cards was made under unprecedented pressure from the United States. According to him, in this situation, Turkey and Russia should jointly look for ways to solve the problem.
On September 27, it became known that the Turkish state-owned banks Halkbank, Ziraat Bank and VakıfBank decided to stop using the Russian Mir payment system. According to Bloomberg, these intentions of Turkish banks are an example of how secondary US sanctions are forcing countries to distance themselves from Russia. On September 19, two more Turkish banks DenizBank and Is Bankasi stopped servicing Russian Mir bank cards.
On September 15, the US Treasury Department announced that Washington was ready to impose sanctions against countries for supporting the use of the Mir payment system outside of Russia.