Instability forcing Russia away from dollar settlements: Putin
Moscow : Instability in US dollar-based settlements is forcing many economies, including Russia, to cut the share of such settlements with other countries and look for alternative currencies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
"We are not aiming to move away from the dollar, the dollar runs away from us," Putin said at an annual investment forum "Russia Calling", Xinhua news agency reported.
He said that many countries, including the closest partners of the US, were reducing the share of dollars in their currency reserves, as a result of Washington's sanctions policy, which complicates dollar transactions.
Those who take these sanctions decisions "shoot themselves not in the foot, but a little higher, because such instability in dollar settlements makes many economies in the world seek alternative reserve currencies and create payment systems independent from the dollar", Putin added.
Putin cited as an example Russia's trade with the Eurasian Economic Union, in which 70 per cent of Russian exports and 30 per cent of imports were conducted in Russian rubles.
The recent deal to supply S-400 air defense systems to Turkey was also made without using US dollars, Putin said. Moscow provided Ankara with a ruble loan for the purpose, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
Russia was also working with its major trade partners to create a system independent from the SWIFT global interbank payments system for transmitting information and making payments.
"We will keep doing this, but we do not want to take any abrupt steps, which would harm us," Putin said.