Tuesday, March 7 2017 20:47 EET
Ukraine interior minister slams Russia’s Sberbank over allegedly servicing holders of "LPR-DPR" IDs
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Minister of the Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov in a harsh statement published on Facebook wrote that Sberbank of Russia in Ukraine has greenlighted services for its clients, owners of non-recognized "passports" issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics."

"Sberbank of Russia must stop its operations in Ukraine" Let them enjoy 'financial paradise,' according to the laws of self-styled DPR and LPR," Avakov wrote.

At the same time, the minister stressed the need for the National Bank of Ukraine to respond to such a move by Sberbank, and introduce sanctions.

"The bank [Sberbank] supports actions beyond the framework of international law. The bank that supports the recognition of travel documents of puppet regimes and the annexation of Ukrainian territories, condemned by the international community, cannot work in Ukraine!" wrote the interior minister.

Avakov added that such actions evidence the fact that Sberbank supports the illegal regimes of "LPR" and "DNR."

Earlier Ukraine's intl reserves in Feb remain at $15.5 bln

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