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Russia's National Payment System to Mass-Produce Cards in December

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Bank cards of Visa and MasterCard international payment systems - Sputnik International
Russia's National Payment Card System already processes some MasterCard transactions, although delays are expected for banks which use Visa.

Russia's National Payment Card System (NPCS) will begin producing its own cards in December 2015, and plans to begin producing cards co-badged with Visa and MasterCard in 2016, the system's head, Vladimir Komlev, announced on Friday:

"If we're talking about the full-fledged acceptance of NPCS cards at the same scale as Visa and MasterCard, then the short-term and middle-term prospect is a co-badging program with these payment systems."

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In addition, Komlev announced that all banks that use MasterCard have been certified, and will begin processing cards through the new system by March 31.

Visa is expected to miss the deadline, although the situation is not critical and plans have been made to certify all banks that use the Visa payment system and transfer them to the NCPS payment processing platform. At this time, 31 Russian banks have been certified, out of the almost 100 which use the Visa payment system.

Residents of Crimea and Sevastopol will gain access to the system later than the rest of the country, but are expected to do so by the end of 2015. In addition, Komlev is eying countries which have large numbers of tourists from Russia to be interested in the system, including Turkey, Egypt and Eurasian Economic Union countries.

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The new National Payment Card System platform will allow all payment processing done by Visa and MasterCard to be done inside Russia instead of being routed through data centers in other countries. The new system will also allow Crimean residents, who are subject to sanctions, to use their bank cards for purchases on the peninsula.

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