MOSCOW, March 2 – RIA Novosti. The American dollar will remain in circulation in Russia and will not disappear anywhere, but it is necessary to reduce the dependence of the economy on it, Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matvienko said in an interview with RIA Novosti. Of course, our economy needs one currency, which is being done, “she said.
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with Bloomberg that Russia needs to reduce the role of the dollar in any operations, eliminating “dependence on this poisonous source of constant hostile actions.” However, he did not specify what measures should be taken for this.
Matvienko called Ryabkov's statement “not some kind of know-how and not some kind of sensation.” “Strictly speaking, both the Central Bank and the government have been pursuing a policy of de-dollarization on behalf of the president in recent years. It is open, it is obvious,” she said.
The Federation Council speaker recalled that Russian gold and foreign exchange reserves are already much less dependent on the dollar, but there are other tangible results: over the past 10 years, Moscow's investments in government obligations of the United States have decreased 30 times.
“That is, the process is underway. Maybe someone will think that it is going slowly, but it is developing progressively. Reducing dependence on, albeit important, but one financial center is an absolutely correct policy, and the Russian parliament supports it in every possible way, because this is a question sovereignty of our country “, – Matvienko emphasized.
She assured that this work will continue to continue. “We have recently done a lot to strengthen the ruble, increase the attractiveness of the Russian currency both for business and for our citizens. And this is also yielding results: more and more deposits and loans are taken in rubles. Citizens trust him today,” concluded the speaker of the Federation Council.