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Russia says it won't let foreign banks leave easily

Russian Deputy Finance Minister Moiseev attends a session of the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said on Friday that the government would not allow foreign banks to leave Russia easily.

"We have stated our position and it stands - we will be tough in letting foreign banks go, it will depend on the decision to unfreeze Russian assets," Moiseev said, speaking at a forum.

Responding to questions about applications to sell assets, Moiseev said Austria's Raiffeisen Bank had not made such a request.

"I am aware of one foreign bank's application to sell assets ... which is under consideration by the government commission," he said.

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In imposing sanctions on Russia last year for its decision to send its armed forces into Ukraine, Western countries froze more than $300 billion of Russian central bank assets held abroad.

(Reporting by Elena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Felix Light and Marina Bobrova; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Kevin Liffey)