Five Turkish banks have begun supporting Russia’s Mir payment system, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his return from talks with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.
The Turkish state agency Anadolu, citing Erdogan, said that “there are serious developments regarding the work that Turkish banks are doing with the Russian Mir card.” This is a relief for both Russian tourists and Turkey, as the Turkish president said while talking to reporters.
Sochi also hosted a meeting of the heads of the Central Banks of the two countries. The possibility of paying in rubles will become a source of financial support for both Russia and Turkey. Recall that Putin and Erdogan agreed to begin the transition to partial payment in rubles for natural gas supplies.
Back in May, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that Russia and Turkey agreed to start accepting Mir cards in Turkish hotels and to increase its use in ATMs.