Russia calls on the Ukrainian authorities to maintain security of local branches of Russian banks in this country. Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, said this at a press conference in Moscow.
‘We expect that the Ukrainian government will implement respective procedures without making this issue political. The Ukrainian law enforcers are obliged to prevent any sort of mob rule or any other illegal actions that undermine the rule of proprietary right, protected by Ukrainian laws,’ he said.
Previously, the central office of Russian Sberbank reported 26 cases of attacks on its branch banks in Ukraine. On March 13, activists of Azov civil corps held a protest action near the Sberbank in the downtown Kyiv. They metaphorically bricked up the entrance, protesting against the bank’s activities in Ukraine.
On March 16, Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council is to consider imposing sanctions against branch banks of Sberbank in Ukraine.
The last wave of local public protests against Sberbank in Ukraine began in January. Last week, the Ukrainian press reported that the financial entity services people with passports of DPR and LPR, the non-recognized pro-Kremlin organizations in eastern Ukraine. Sberbank’s management in Ukraine denied that information.