LONDON, United Kingdom – France’s Credit Agricole said on Tuesday, March 22, it had suspended all services in Russia, joining a retreat by other international banks since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Credit Agricole, which had previously stopped new financing for Russian companies, said in a statement it had contacted international corporate clients to begin suspending services.
The bank had previously said its exposure to Russia and Ukraine was around 6.4 billion euros ($7.05 billion) in on and off balance sheet items, but told investors that its 2021 dividend would not be impacted.
Credit Agricole added that its priority was helping to support its 2,400 employees in Ukraine, who were helping ensure essential banking activities continued despite being “struck at full force by the war.”
The move comes a day after French rival BNP Paribas said it had informed its corporate clients in Russia that it would no longer process their transactions after the end of month, after previously stopping new financing in Russia.
Ratings agency S&P Global said earlier it had suspended services of all products to customers in Russia and Belarus who are subject to sanctions.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of funds in Luxembourg with heavy Russian exposure have been suspended since the Ukraine invasion, which Moscow has said is a “special military operation,” the Grand Duchy’s securities regulator said. – Rappler.com
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