A team of seven Democratic lawmakers — together with Bronx Rep. Ritchie Torres — are demanding Mastercard and Visa suspend all enterprise operations in pro-Kremlin Belarus, which Russian troops have been employing as a staging ground in their brutal war on Ukraine.
Torres — along with Reps. Steve Cohen, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Jake Auchincloss, Jim Costa and Andre Carson — sent a letter to the CEOs of the credit rating card giants Wednesday and blasted them for their complicity in the war.
“Belarus’s part in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is crystal clear,” the letter, exclusively attained by the Write-up, reported. “American and Ukrainian officials assert that Belarus’s leadership has allowed Belarus to provide as just one of the staging grounds for Russia’s armed service marketing campaign in Ukraine. In addition, injured Russian troops have been evacuated to Belarusian hospitals. Belarus is as considerably at fault as Russia in this war.”
Mastercard and Visa, like several other big businesses, suspended organization operations with Russia in early March — but the two have nonetheless to consider motion versus Belarus, whose dictator Alexander Lukashenko is recognized for becoming a bootlicker to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This is a good very first move, but we believe that a lot more must be done,” wrote the pols, who are requesting a official reaction from the two corporations by April 20. “We would notice that on March 6th American Specific declared that they would suspend operations in Russia and Belarus.”
Before this thirty day period, the Home of Associates practically unanimously handed legislation to revoke ordinary trade relations with Russia and Belarus. The lawmakers insisted in their letter that “the private sector can also engage in a considerable position in addressing undesirable actors’ part in this unjustified war.”
The U.S. also renewed sanctions in opposition to Lukashenko and expanded them to consist of his family. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has blasted the Jap European strongman’s “support and facilitation of the Russian Federation’s invasion.”
“The unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia is among the the gravest global crises in the latest background,” the letter claimed. “We think and strongly urge you to look at suspending your providers in Belarus.”
Visa and Mastercard did not promptly respond to the Post’s request for remark.