Russia Says Time Has Come To Ditch The Dollar

Saturday 25 August

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As the US State Department unveiled the latest round of sanctions on Russia yesterday,  while the trade war with China that has seen tariffs imposed on a wide range of Chinese goods shows no sign of easing, Moscow signalled its intention to respond to this latest attack on its economy. In particular, the Russian government announced it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, according to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” he said in an interview with International Affairs magazine, he told RT.

“Thank God, this is happening, and we will speed up this work,” Ryabkov said, explaining the move would come in addition to other “retaliatory measures” as a response to a growing list of US sanctions. It is time mainstream media in the west started reporting accurately what is going on. The official position of the US is that their sanctions are in retaliation for various Russian acts such as meddling in the US election process, but in reality the USA is trying to protect its position as issuers of the reserve currency, while Russia, China and a number of emerging economies resent the way the US uses the reserve currency to dictate matters in global trade.

Previously, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak has said that a growing number of countries are interested in replacing the dollar as a medium in global oil trades and other transactions.

“There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements. There is a need for this, as well as the wish of the parties,” Novak said.

According to the minister, it concerns both Turkey and Iran, with more countries likely to join the growing dedollarization wave.

Our reporting of this long running news thread tends to confirm his view.

“We are considering an option of payment in national currencies with them. This requires certain adjustments in the financial, economic, and banking sectors,” he said. Last week, we reported that the Kremlin was interested in trading with Ankara using the Russian ruble and the Turkish lira. India has also vowed to pay for Iranian oil in rupees. Some economists argue that modern technology removes the need for a reserve, the speed with which computer systems handle currency trades and conversions eliminated administrative bottlenecks.

Meanwhile, the world’s rapidly growing second-largest economy and Washington’s trade nemesis, China, has been taking steps to challenge the greenback’s dominance with the launch of an oil futures contract backed by Chinese currency, the petro-yuan. This is fully reported elsewhere in this page. China and Iran have already agreed to stop using the dollar in global trade as China has ramped up purchases of Iranian oil in defiance of US sanctions. India, Pakistan, the EU, Australia and Japan are also known to have made petr-yuan contracts.

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