NBU notes lack of progress on withdrawal of intl banking groups from Russia, asks for support from partner states, regulators
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) will make requests to states and regulators in an attempt to influence international banking groups that remain in Russia despite Russian aggression against Ukraine, the regulator's press service has said on Tuesday.
"We once again publicly appeal to the leadership of international banking groups, by staying in Russia, you have chosen to support the aggressor and his war crimes (...) Therefore, the NBU will make requests to the relevant governments and regulators to initiate a response to the above-mentioned actions of international financial groups," the National Bank said in the release on Tuesday evening.
The regulator said it has repeatedly appealed to Raiffeisen Bank International, Intensa Sanpaolo, OTP Bank, ING Bank, Credit Agricole with calls to stop doing business in Russia and Belarus, receiving assurances that they "continue to explore all strategic options for the future of their business in Russia, including options for exiting this market."
"Assessing the situation in 11 month of the war, the National Bank notes the lack of progress towards making final decisions on exiting the Russian market. We consider this unacceptable," the central bank said.
The update that has appeared in the public field about the provision by the subsidiaries of foreign banks of preferential lending terms to participants in the so-called "special military operation" is another evidence that the statements made differ from the actual state of affairs, since financial institutions remain active participants in the banking market of the aggressor, competing to increase loan portfolios. In addition, in their materials they openly use the names of the LPR and DPR as separate entities, the NBU said.
"International banks must finally implement the decisive statements made almost a year ago and exit the market of Russia, which is up to its elbows in the blood of Ukrainians. The involvement of important European companies in the economy of a terrorist country is poisonous. War is a time to choose between profit and dignity," the bank's press service said, citing NBU Governor Andriy Pyshny.
The NBU said on this issue it is in solidarity with the position of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who clearly stated that international companies that remain operating in Russia are directly financing Russian war crimes and the genocide of Ukrainians.