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Two Russian banks open special vostro account to facilitate overseas trade in rupee

Sberbank and VTB Bank are first foreign lenders to receive this approval after RBI announced norms on overseas trade in rupee in July

PTI New Delhi Published 24.10.22, 12:43 AM
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Two Russian banks have opened a special vostro account following permission from the Reserve Bank of India to facilitate overseas trade in the rupee.

Sberbank and VTB Bank — the largest and second largest banks of Russia — are the first foreign lenders to receive this approval after the RBI announced the norms on overseas trade in rupee in July.


These banks have opened special vostro account in their Delhi branches, sources said.

Last month, state-owned Uco Bank received the RBI’s approval to open a special vostro account with Gazprombank of Russia.

The Calcutta-based lender, among the first banks to receive the regulator’s approval following the RBI’s decision to promote rupee settlement, opened the account during this month.

The move to open the special vostro account clears the deck for settlement of payments in rupee for trade between India and Russia, enabling cross-border trade in the Indian currency, which the RBI is keen to promote.

The RBI has allowed the special vostro accounts to invest the surplus balance in Indian government securities to help popularise the new arrangement.

According to reports, Gazprombank is only facing sectoral sanctions, and is not under the Specially Designated Nationals, or SDN, sanctions. Uco Bank already has a vostro account-based facility with Iran.

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