Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Russia ruble sinks to 100 against dollar for first time since March 2022

The Russian ruble has slumped to its lowest level versus the US dollar since March 2022, touching 101 against the American currency on Monday.

The ruble also weakened to 110 against the euro, a 16-month low.

The ruble hit a record low of 120 against the greenback in March of last year, before recovering to a more than seven-year high a few months later. So far this year, the ruble has weakened by nearly 25% versus the dollar.

Last week, the Bank of Russia announced plans to stop buying foreign currency on the domestic market under a budgetary mechanism deployed to protect the economy from volatile commodity prices.

Despite the sharp depreciation, President Vladimir Putin’s economic adviser, Maksim Oreshkin, says he expects the ruble to stabilize.

“The current exchange rate has deviated significantly from fundamental levels, and its normalization is expected in the near future,” Oreshkin was quoted as saying by TASS.

“A weak ruble complicates the economy’s structural transformation and negatively affects the population’s real incomes,” he warned, adding, “It is in the interests of the Russian economy to have a strong ruble.”

The Bank of Russia and the Finance Ministry have previously blamed the ruble’s slide on changes in the trade balance.

According to Oreshkin, the drop has occurred due to the regulator’s monetary policy.

“The central bank has all the tools to normalize the situation in the near future and ensure that lending rates are reduced to sustainable levels,” he said.

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