Samsung said on Wednesday that its mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, will continue to serve Russian users, although some operations may not be available at this time.
According to the company’s official Telegram channel, users may not be able to make payments and money transfers with Mastercard and Visa cards issued by Russian banks. The release of new tickets for the Virtual Troika transport card in the Moscow Metro application will also be unavailable. Travel tickets already issued and added to Samsung Pay will continue to work.
At the same time, contactless payments with Russian Mir cards work in Samsung Pay without restrictions, the company said. A list of banks can be viewed on the company’s website.
MasterCard and Visa to limit operations in Russia
Previously, Apple reported problems with paying on an Apple ID account through bank cards from the Russian payment system Mir.
Last week, two other major payment providers, Visa and Mastercard, announced they were suspending their operations in Russia until “becomes appropriate” to take them back. The Central Bank of Russia has announced that money in Russian accounts linked to Visa and MasterCard will be available until the cards expire, but the cards, for now, cannot be reissued. In addition, cross-border transactions and purchases in foreign online stores with Visa and Mastercard will not be available, as well as payments via Apple Pay and Google Pay. Russian citizens can still use their Mir cards for contactless payments.
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