Rouble nears 50 against US dollar; first time since May 2015

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The Russian rouble rallied connected Wednesday to its strongest levels successful much than 7 years, nearing 50 against the dollar for the archetypal clip since May 2015.

The rouble has go the world's best-performing currency this year, boosted by measures - including a prohibition connected Russian households withdrawing overseas currency savings - taken to shield Russia's fiscal strategy from occidental sanctions imposed aft Moscow sent troops into Ukraine connected Feb. 24. Proceeds from commodity exports, a crisp driblet successful imports, and pending taxation payments successful roubles by export-oriented Russian firms are further factors down the currency's gains.

At 0724 GMT, it was up much than 3% to 50.22 against the dollar connected the Moscow Exchange aft hitting 50.01. Against the euro, the rouble added 3% to 52.89, climbing beyond 53 for the archetypal clip since April 2015.

Just earlier Russia embarked connected what it calls its "special subject operation" successful Ukraine, the rouble traded adjacent 80 to the dollar and 90 against the euro. At that clip it traded successful free-float mode and, unsupported by superior controls, got hammered owed to fears of sanctions. The beardown rouble dents Russia's income from selling commodities and different goods overseas for dollars and euros, and Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said this period that manufacture would beryllium much comfy if it fell to betwixt 70 to 80 against the dollar.

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