The statements by the head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about a possible break in relations between Russia and the EU led to a sharp drop in the exchange rate of the Russian ruble.
The strengthening of the Russian ruble on the Moscow Stock Exchange, which lasted almost a week and a half, was interrupted during trading on Friday, reports finanz.ru. The dollar, which had dropped to a 3-week low the day before, jumped by 80 kopecks in 2.5 hours, and the euro rose again above 90 rubles.
“This is related to the statement by Sergei Lavrov, who said that Russia is ready to break with the European Union,” explains Yevgeny Kogan, president of the Moscow Partners Investment Group.
In a live television interview, the foreign minister said that while Russia would not like to be in global isolation, it must “be ready” to sever relations with the EU if new “sanctions pose threats to the economy, including in the most sensitive areas” .
The Moscow stock exchange reacted unequivocally negatively to this statement. The dollar rose to 74.4075 ruble (+80 kopecks) and the euro rose to 90.06 rubles, adding 70 kopecks.
The day before it turned out that the European Union started to discuss sanctions in connection with the Alexei Navalny case, which “increased the pressure” on the Russian public debt market, write Sberbank CIB analysts.
The RGBI index, which tracks government bond prices, updated to its lowest level since April, falling to 150.24 points. It was beaten on Friday and this is the bottom – the index is losing another 0.29 percent. and remains at around 149.8 points.
– Information about the preparation of new personal sanctions in Brussels against officials and businessmen close to the Kremlin does not play a big role – says Dmitry Polevoj, investment director of Loko-Invest. In his opinion, the market is not afraid of personal sanctions, but actions against government bonds or sectors of the economy (such as the army, gas or space – ed.).
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