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Moscow troubled by uncontrolled, mounting damage to Russian banks in Ukraine

March 15, 12:52 UTC+3

The Kremlin thinks that situation with divisions of Russian banks in Ukraine has destroyed the investment climate in that country

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Activists burning torches in front of the entrance of the Sberbank of Russia office in Kiev, Ukraine

Activists burning torches in front of the entrance of the Sberbank of Russia office in Kiev, Ukraine

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MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. The Kremlin thinks that situation with divisions of Russian banks in Ukraine has destroyed the investment climate in that country, the Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Of course, we believe that this situation [with the divisions of Russian banks] absolutely destroys the investment climate in Ukraine as such, it shows to the whole world that working on the territory of Ukraine is very dangerous now and economically unfeasible," he told reporters.

Peskov said that the Kremlin is "closely watching" the situation with the offices of Russian banks in Ukraine.

"Obviously, we are closely watching what is happening in Kiev with great concern," Peskov said.

He did not give a decisive answer to the question about Moscow’s reaction to the situation. "Let’s look at the future development of the situation, it is hardly necessary to hypothesize," Peskov said, adding that he cannot currently answer the question about whether the Kremlin is going to recommend Sberbank to close its offices in Ukraine. 

ON Wednesday, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine instructed the National Bank and the Security Service of the country to make proposals within a day for imposing sanctions against banks with a state share of the Russian Federation.

"The National Bank of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine were instructed to analyze the activities of the banking institutions of Ukraine, with shares of state-owned banks of the Russian Federation the capital, and to make relevant proposals within a day, in particular, regarding imposing sanctions," UNIAN news agency quoted Head of the Council Alexander Turchinov.

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