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UCO Bank, Yes Bank in talks with Russia to finalise trade mechanism: Report

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Indian lenders and are in talks with their Russian counterparts over a payment mechanism for between the two countries, a senior government official said on Thursday.


Reuters had reported large lenders are reluctant to process direct rupee transactions with for fear of becoming the target of sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine, and New Delhi is counting on smaller banks like UCO and Yes.


Banks are discussing the currency pair for the payment mechanism and the options include the Indian rupee paired with the Russian rouble or Saudi Arabia’s riyal, the official said.


“Few of the Russian banks are joining hands with and . It will be primarily rupee-basis trade, could be rupee-rouble or could be rupee-riyal,” the official, who did not want to be named, told reporters in New Delhi.


The official did not explain how the rupee-riyal mechanism will be designed to settle between New Delhi and Moscow.


(Reporting by Shivangi Acharya; Editing by Stephen Coates)

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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