Turning ruble into regional currency a strategic objective: Medvedev

June 25th, 2008 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, June 25 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday said turning the Russian ruble into a regional reserve currency was an important strategic objective. “In a period of global financial instability, we need to press ahead with the strategic objective of making the ruble into one of the regional (reserve) currencies,” he said after a meeting with Andrei Kostin, chairman of the state-run VTB Bank.

Kostin informed the president that the VTB branches in five former Soviet states already carry out ruble transactions.

With the dollar being too unstable to be a reliable reserve currency, the ruble has already begun to play the role of a reserve currency in these countries, he said.

He, however, did not mention the name of the countries. He said Moscow has become a global financial centre.

On June 8, the president told the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg that turning Moscow into a financial world centre and ruble into a leading regional reserve currency was central to building a competitive financial system in Russia.
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