ULAANBAATAR, February 16. /TASS/. Banks in Mongolia will soon be able to service Russian cards of the Mir payment system. Tuksgrlin Munkh-Od head of the department for the coordination of tourism policy at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, announced this at a meeting with Russian journalists on Thursday.He said that the country’s authorities have almost completed preparatory work with local banks.”I am glad to announce that cards of Russian banks [of the Mir system] will soon start working in Mongolia. We have already done 80% of the work with Mongolian banks in this area,” the official said.Talking to a TASS correspondent, the official noted that Mongolian and Russian companies are working in such conditions for the first time.”Of course, we understand how difficult it is for Russian tourists in Mongolia to pay for services and make purchases. It is too early to say which banks in Mongolia will work with the Russian Mir card, but the work is underway in this area,” he reiterated.In 2018, Belarus and Kazakhstan became the first countries which began to accept Mir cards. At the moment, this Russian payment system operates in about 10 countries, and more than 15 countries have expressed their readiness to introduce it.