Details of the development of an alternative payment system that will solve the problem with Mir cards in Turkey may be presented in the near future. This was reported by the Turkish newspaper Aydinlik. While Mir’s operation in Turkey is in an unclear state, it is clear that the Turkish government is working at an accelerated pace, as crucial cash injections from Russian tourists are at stake.
Recalling that on Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting with employees of economic departments about the Mir map, the publication states that work continues. And the details, according to Aydinlik's sources, “will be announced in a day or two.”
In the meantime, the situation with Mir in Turkey continues to be in an unstable state. Another discussion of the topic with the “Mir” cards started on Tuesday evening. Several sources at once – both the Turkish newspaper Yenicağ and the international Bloomberg published information that three state-owned banks – Ziraat Bank, Vakıf Bank and Halkbank – stopped servicing the Russian Mir payment system. All sources cite a “high-ranking Turkish official” and state that “US sanctions warnings” were the reason. The Turkish publication also stated that this step would deal a serious blow to trade with Russia, and primarily to tourism.
True, in the morning it turned out that Vakıfbank and Halkbank stated that they had not received notifications from the authorities about the suspension of work transactions with the Russian payment system “Mir” are ongoing. True, banks do not exclude that they may soon receive such an order. Ziraat bank branches in Istanbul also continue to use the Russian Mir system.
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