Discussion in 'Iran' started by toomuchtime_, Mar 2, 2012.
Russian bank shuts down Iranian embassy accounts | Reuters
The Russian News & Information Agency
MOSCOW, March 2 -. The bank "VTB 24" refuted the statement of the Iranian ambassador on blocking the accounts of the embassy of the country and the confiscation of assets.
Asked by reporters whether the work of employees of the Iranian Embassy maps, the head of the bank "VTB 24" said: "Yes, of course. Neither of which is locked, the more seizures, can be no question."
Google does not turn up your quote - perhaps it was not accurately translated - but from the site in your link which provides English translation,
VTB 24 Blocks Accounts of Iranian Embassy in Russia | Business | RIA Novosti
RUSSIA News Agency ITAR-TASS
VTB 24 denies reports on blocking Iran embassy staff accounts
MOSCOW, March 2 (Itar-Tass) Russias second largest retail bank VTB 24 has denied the reports that it had blocked accounts of Irans embassy staff.
The information does not correspond to reality, the banks official told Itar-Tass on Friday.
Earlier Iranian ambassador to Russia Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi wrote in his blog that VTB 24 planned to block accounts of the Iranian embassy staff in Moscow and confiscate them.
The talk was about the banks wage project with the Iranian embassy, the banks official said adding that around 30 embassy officials were informed in advance that the bank decided to wind up cooperation within the framework of planned procedures and stop servicing the embassys staff.
According to this article, the bank says it is ending cooperation with the embassy staff and the Iranian ambassador says the bank is closing the accounts of the embassy staff. Is there a difference?
Reza Sajjadi - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Russia.
Note: link in Russian.
Translated from Russian into English.
My previous post regarding the recent behavior of VTB24 caused an unexpected endorsement of the West and fell into the headlines in some countries. Media tried to imagine what had happened in such a way that Russia also joined the Western sanctions that go beyond resolutions. In this regard, I consider it necessary to emphasize several points that argue that the joy of the western countries is unfounded, and fleeting.
A. On Friday, one of the directors of the bank called the embassy and expressed regret for what had happened, explaining that there was an error at the bank branch. It was agreed that on Monday at a meeting of representatives of the Embassy and the Bank of the matter is settled.
Two. Even if the error did not occurred at the branch level and above, VTB24 - not the only bank in Russia. After the incident, dozens of banks have contacted the Embassy and the Embassy have expressed willingness to provide their banking services.
Three. The Russian government and Russian leaders are fully aware of the danger of unilateral and illegal U.S. action and, therefore, strongly declared that do not support sanctions that go beyond the UN resolutions taken against Iran. Catastrophic events in Libya have clearly demonstrated that a sign of weakness to the United States could have far-reaching consequences. So now we see that the Russian government, the question regarding problems with the bank, located on the side of Iran. And of course, despite the injection of air in the Western media, Russia's principled position will not change.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all my dear friends who have supported Iran for its warm comments in my previous post.
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