Negotiations continue with Visa and MasterCard on their current operations in Russia as moves advance to establish a system to clear domestic card transactions, Nabiullina said.
Processing and clearance centres are being developed to issue and administer full-service payment cards governed by Russian technology and operating inside its borders.
Developments follow finance sector tension over Russian insistance that Visa and MasterCard make security deposits against their continued operations in Russia. Suggestions that the global majors might withdraw from Russia has brought new thinking about lowering the size of any deposits or a postponement of their introduction.
Russian payment card transactions internally will be processed by the national system while international transactions will be administered, as now, by Visa and MasterCard.
“Amendments have been introduced in legislation to create a fully-fledged national payment system. Citizens accustomed to using plastic cards will feel protected from any unfriendly actions which may be taken from somewhere outside,” bank chief Nabiullina said.