Russia, China to cut dollar use in trade deals, says Putin
VLADIVOSTOK: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said that Moscow and Beijing have plan to use their own national currencies more often in trade deals than dollar, as Russia’s relations with the West deteriorates.
“The Russian and Chinese sides confirmed their interest in using national currencies more actively in reciprocal payments,” Putin told journalists during a press briefing alongside with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping after talks at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.
Putin said this would “increase the stability of banks’ servicing of export and import operations while there are ongoing risks on global markets.”
Russia has faced ever harsher sanctions since angering the West and Kiev by annexing Crimea in year 2014 and backing separatist rebels in parts of eastern Ukraine.
In recent months the United States has imposed more sanctions over alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections and the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain.
Since the latest round of US sanctions and under the threat of further measures, the Russian currency, ruble has dropped sharply in value against the dollar and euro.
Chinese currency yuan has also fallen steadily against the US dollar in recent months.