Minister Bandula Gunawardena has told Sputnik that authorities are holding talks with Moscow of the possibility of joining Russian payment system MIR.
The Minister said the discussion is underway between the respective Central Banks.
Minister Gunawardana said “Yes, yes, our embassy tried to do that because you want to [have] easy payment system… We will try to do that, we can get Central Bank’s approval. After that it will be a success”..
The Minister added that the discussion is underway between the Central Banks of the two countries, adding that “we must get Central Bank’s approval. After that, we will announce that.”
He noted that Lankan authorities would like Russian tourists to be able to pay by card while visiting the country.
Visa and Mastercard suspended operations in Russia on March 6 against the backdrop of Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine.
Since then, the holders of Visa and Mastercard bank cards issued in Russia can no longer pay for goods and services outside Russia.