Macedonia tells banks to pull money from Greece

The central bank in Skopje says, the measures were of a temporary character

Baku. 29 June. REPORT.AZ/ Macedonia ordered its banks on Sunday to pull their money from Greek banks and imposed "preventive measures" to limit the outflow of capital to its southern neighbour, threatened by financial meltdown, Report informs citing foreign media.

The move by Macedonia's central bank followed an announcement by Athens that it would introduce capital controls and keep banks shut on Monday after international creditors refused to extend the euro zone country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash.

The central bank in Skopje said the measures were "of a temporary character, introduced in order to address the danger of an eventual more significant outflow of capital from Macedonia towards our southern neighbour, that may cause significant disruption to the balance of payments and to the stability of the financial system."

It said the capital limits would apply only to future transactions, not to arrangements already in place between Macedonian and Greek entities.

It ordered banks in Macedonia to "withdraw all deposits and loans from banks situated in Greece and their branches around the world."

The statement was the first concrete sign of Greece's immediate neighbourhood moving to protect itself from the financial turmoil threatening Athens.

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