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Russia seeks to dump dollar as new US sanctions loom - 2 months ago, 8 Nov 14:57

By: Afp

Moscow is intensifying efforts to wean its economy off the dollar as Washington considers tough new sanctions that could deny Russia access to foreign debt markets and cut its banks from the greenback.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly slammed the US unit's dominance on the world's stage but the country's previous efforts to de-dollarize its economy have so far had little success.

But with Russian business circles fearing a new round of US measures over Moscow's alleged international aggression and Washington's trade policies becoming ever more unpredictable, authorities have now made concrete steps towards their long-standing goal.

Russia's finance ministry and the central bank are soon expected to present measures to increase the use of other currencies in international trade to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"We will certainly be moving in this direction," Putin said last month.

"Not because we want to undermine the dollar but because we want to ensure ...
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