The balances of correspondent accounts at commercial banks dropped significantly today. This reduction was almost 16bn rubles (about $504m) in Russia and more than 11bn rubles (about $346m) in Moscow and the Moscow region. This was the most significant fall in balances since June 4, which was five months ago. Nevertheless, this reduction led neither to problems with ruble liquidity at domestic banks nor a ruble deficit on the market. As of now, one-day ruble credit rates do not surpass 8 percent even at "second-tier" banks. The high on dollars hit RUR 31.80 by 11:05 a.m. at this morning's trading session and the trade volume was more than $80m. The high on tomorrow dollar deals on the interbank market has already surpassed RUR 31.80.
In June, the Baltic States will hold BALTOPS and Saber Strike 2018 drills. A US Armored Brigade will be deployed in Europe for the purpose - no less than 4,000 soldiers
The import of liquefied natural gas from the United States will not grow, even if Germany exits the Nord Stream-2 project, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said