“Civilized to leave Ukraine”, the NBU has condemned the blocking of the branches of Sberbank of Russia

The national Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has asked law enforcement to respond to the continued blockage of the Ukrainian banks with Russian state capital, which is carried out “aggressive group of people”, as it reduces confidence in the Ukrainian banking system and threatens its stability. This was stated by Deputy head of the NBU Ekaterina Rozhkova.

“The national Bank drew the attention of law enforcement on the need to protect more than 1.7 billion of investors-Ukrainians, who have entrusted more than 21 billion banking system and now do not have access to these tools and the possibility to use them,” she said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

According to her, the vandalism towards the banking institutions today discrediting in the eyes of customers confidence in the banking system, threaten financial stability and negatively affect the image of Ukraine in the international arena.

“Right as a state which today is building a democracy, we must ensure the possibility of a civilized way of Ukrainian banks with Russian state capital from our market,” – said Rozhkov.

We will remind that on March 16 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko enacted NSDC decision on sanctions against the banks with Russian capital. The sanctions take effect today, March 23.

Under the sanctions were Sberbank, Ukreximbank, VTB Bank and BM VS Bank. The sanctions imply a ban on any operations in favor of the parent banks, including interbank loans, deposits, purchase of securities, prohibition of dividend payments and other operations.

In NBU claim that the sanctions will not affect Ukrainian investors.