Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow expects Kiev to do everything it can, without political considerations, to protect Sberbank’s offices in Ukraine. The bank’s head office suspended work on Monday due to a disruption by Ukrainian radicals.
“As far as I understand, the management of Sberbank has already officially reached relevant competent authorities of Ukraine to stop attempts to hamper their normal activities,” said Lavrov.
He added that Ukraine’s law enforcement is obliged to protect banks. According to the minister, “lynch mobs are intolerable; it violates the law and undermines the property rights protected by Ukrainian legislation.”
Sberbank’s head office in Kiev shut down for security reasons on Monday after Ukrainian radicals bricked up windows and entrance to the branch.