At the beginning of business today, ruble balances at commercial bank correspondent accounts advanced sharply. Across the country, the growth was RUR21.7bn (about $682.38m); in the Moscow region, it amounted to over RUR19bn (about $597.48m). Such a considerable increase has been registered for the first time since the beginning of the year. This morning, ruble balances at commercial banks were almost RUR77bn (about $2.42bn) throughout Russia and over RUR48bn (about $1.51bn) in Moscow. These figures have been the highest over the past two weeks.
In the opinion of commercial bank dealers, in addition to the completion of payments on the Slavneft purchase, the significant improvement of the situation on the ruble market was brought about by the closing of an auction for RUR7.5bn (about $235.85m) in state bonds. In total, after these two deals the ruble market has been saturated by over RUR66bn, or over $2bn. Due to this, this morning the level of ruble credit rates has been twice as low as it was yesterday night.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part