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US pressing Chinese and Arab banks to sanction Russia – head of VTB bank

The US is putting pressure on Chinese and Arab banks, forbidding them to work with Russian sanctioned companies, says Andrey Kostin, head of Russia’s second biggest lender VTB.

“We have information on Arab countries, China, and others that US officials come, gather the heads of banks and say: “We will punish everyone who is under Russian sanctions,” said Kostin, after a meeting organized by the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

“We need to take this into account. Nobody wants to become BNP Paribas”, he said, meaning the large French bank that was fined $9 billion for violating US sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan.

However, Kostin believes Chinese credit organizations will provide financing for projects that interest them.

“The Chinese, on the one hand, will be cautious. Most Chinese banks have businesses in America as well,”said Kostin “They are more willing to finance transactions that are related to the financing of their own exports. And I don’t see any problems here.”