The People’s Anti-Crisis Administration (NAU), created by the Belarusian opposition, asks the Visa and MasterCard payment systems to refuse to cooperate with the state banks of Belarus. This is stated in a message posted today, March 30, in the NAU telegram channel.
“We turned to the Visa and MasterCard payment systems to consider suspending relations with the state-owned banks of Belarus as long as they continue to serve structures and people who are under sanctions,” the message says.
In this regard, NAU asks Visa and MasterCard “to abandon any relations with state banks that pay salaries to the Belarusian security forces.”
In addition, it is reported that in early March, NAU sent letters to foreign banks Citibank, Raiffeisen, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank to close the correspondent accounts of banks that serve the security forces. For state-owned banks in Belarus, this may mean that they will not be able to conduct international transactions.
We will remind, in Belarus, since August 9, 2020, protests against the results of the presidential elections continue. The current head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, was declared the winner. Protesters demand the resignation of the Belarusian leader. The People’s Anti-Crisis Directorate was created at the end of October 2020 by Pavel Latushko, a member of the Presidium of the opposition Coordination Council.