Gontareva said that the offices of Russian banks in Ukraine are safe

Гонтарева заявила, что отделения российских банков в Украине находятся в безопасности

National Bank notes a security of the banks with Russian state capital. This was announced by the head of the NBU Valeria Gontareva on Thursday in Washington at a roundtable, transfer “Ukrainian news”.

Gontareva said that Russian banks with the state capital gradually reduce its presence in Ukraine with the prospect of a complete exit from the market.

“When the war started in our territory, we understand that there will be “pink” the future of the banks with Russian capital. We several times discussed with the heads of these banks, their future, and they said they will reduce their presence,” she said.

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The head of the NBU said that now these banks are under sanctions and their owners are negotiating the sale of assets.

“They can only ever sell or liquidate”, – said the head of the NBU.

Currently, according to Gontareva, the offices of Russian banks are safe.

“In recent years, the so-called “nationalists” – and they have nothing to do with these nationalists are not – started vandalism against banks and caused damage to the banking system… Now we have ensured the physical security of banks, we provided them with liquidity. This liquidity does not go to the Russian shareholders, it is used to pay deposits. These banks are solvent and well capitalized,” – said Gontareva.

Gontareva also said that the 3.3 billion dollars of direct foreign investments in Ukraine in 2016 more than 2 billion dollars last year occurred in the banking sector.

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With 90% of market capitalization provided is the banks with Russian state capital.

She explained that the need for the capitalization of these banks has arisen in connection with the occupation of the Donbass.

“After the 2008 crisis, Russian banks have invested a lot in the industry of Donetsk and Luhansk, but once they (the Russians) invaded the territory and physically destroyed the industry, they (banks – ed.) had to increase their capitalization on credit portfolios”, – said the head of the NBU.

We will remind, on March 16, President Petro Poroshenko enacted NSDC decision on sanctions against banks with Russian capital. In late March, the NC took the decision to temporarily unblock the offices of “Sberbank”. After Sberbank of Russia announced the sale of Ukrainian “daughter”. Buyers are Norvik Banka (Latvia) and private Belarusian company. Grigory Guselnikov (via Norvik Banka) will acquire 45%, said Gutseriev, the owner of the Belarusian company — 55%. Media wrote that the amount of the transaction was estimated at $ 130 million.

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