The Foreign Ministry announced the discussion of the use of the Mir card in China and Egypt

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MFA: Russia is negotiating the use of the Mir card with China, India and Egypt Negotiations on the use of the Russian payment card Mir with the authorities of India, Cuba, Thailand and Bahrain are at different stages payment card “Mir” with a number of countries, including Azerbaijan, China and Egypt. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Pankin in an interview with TASS.

“The unreasonable blocking of all Russian customers by the largest international card payment systems has increased the priority of expanding the geography of using Mir cards. We are actively working in this direction»,— Pankin said.

According to him, negotiations with Bahrain, India, Cuba, Myanmar, Nigeria, Thailand and other states are also at different stages.

Now the domestic payment system can be used in 11 countries:

  • Abkhazia;
  • Armenia;
  • Belarus;
  • Vietnam;< /li>
  • Kazakhstan;
  • Kyrgyzstan;
  • Tajikistan;
  • Turkey;
  • Uzbekistan;
  • South Korea;
  • South Ossetia.

At least six more countries, including Iran, Myanmar, Nigeria, Bahrain, Thailand and Cuba, previously allowed connection to the Mir system; .

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instructionsIn July, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia reported that in Cuba it was already possible to take pictures from Mir cards; cash at local ATMs, however, Rostourism denied this information. At the same time, the department pointed out that work is underway to organize card servicing in the country.

National system of payment cards — card operator of the Russian system “Mir” — was established in 2014, after the imposition of Western sanctions against the backdrop of the annexation of Crimea. The Bank of Russia introduced a system in case of disconnection of cards of international payment systems. By 2022, the cards “Mir” hosted by nine countries.

Also, Russia began to develop the Russian financial messaging system (SPFS) – an analogue of SWIFT, which allows you to send financial messages inside and outside Russia. This became especially relevant after large Russian banks (Sberbank, VTB, VEB.RF, etc.) were disconnected from SWIFT as part of Western sanctions.

At the end of February, 331 banks were connected to the Russian system, including including Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Armenian, Kazakh, Tajik and Cuban organizations. In April, the Central Bank hid the list of SPFS participants.

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