AliExpress becomes first foreign company to accept Mir credit card

Chinese online retail giant AliExpress will be the first foreign company to accept Russia’s national Mir credit card payment system as from this autumn, Vedomosti reported Wednesday.The Mir card was created by the Russian Central Bank to cut reliance on US-based firms Visa and MasterCard. after both companies cut ties with a number of Russian banks after the annexation of Crimea.
Up till now,  only domestic companies, such as Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot, Russian Railways, and mobile operators Megafon and Tele2, had accepted the cards.