As world turns away from US dollar, role of Russian ruble is growing – Putin
The role of Russia’s national currency will continue to grow, especially in payments between members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Putin told journalists. The Russian president gave an example of cross-border payments between EEU members Russia and Belarus, nearly 70 percent of which are in rubles.
“The role of the ruble as a reserve currency used in payments is increasing. It will strengthen in this segment as it is not associated with costs of dollar payments and is more reliable,” the Russian leader told journalists.Also on rt.com Russia’s agricultural exports to hit $25 billion this year
Answering the question about Russia’s effort to reduce the role of the US dollar in its economy, Putin admitted that the US currency has a greater role in Russia than globally, because many national exports – such as oil and gas – are traded in dollars. Putin quoted International Monetary Fund data, revealing that the number of global operations in US dollars has dropped slightly from around 63 to 62 percent, but in Russia they amount to 69 percent.
The Russian president added that the so-called de-dollarization in Russia only affects operations between organizations and will not affect the right of the people to own and trade dollars.
Russia still needs to decrease volatility of its national currency and to develop a stronger financial infrastructure, according to Putin.
Earlier, one of the members of the EEU, Kyrgyzstan, suggested the bloc should abandon border procedures and adopt a common currency like the European Union did.Also on rt.com Russia-led Eurasian Union notches up major success in dumping dollar in favor of national currencies
Some countries have already started ditching the dollar in favor of local currencies. Earlier this month, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sealed a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency. New Delhi is also in talks with Moscow over a similar deal. In October, China and Japan sealed a cross-currency trade agreement, which will last until 2021.
Some countries, including Argentina, Turkey, Iran and Iraq, among others, are still considering the opportunity to turn away from the dollar in bilateral trade.
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