They are restless Tensions between the United States and Russia: After the Navalny case – the Russian dissident was poisoned first and then imprisoned after a mock trial – Washington could develop New sanctions against MoscowDe facto, after the line re-launched in recent days, Joseph Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief who has pointed the finger at the country’s troublesome authoritarian decadence.
“We hope that a reasonable point of view will prevail among our interlocutorsPutin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, cry of hope, but the intention to accelerate sanctions against the four big Russian officials involved in the case is strengthening every hour, and so on. The Kremlin is taking countermeasures: According to international observers, Putin may again decide to reduce the country’s dependence on the United States to protect the national economy, Flooding the dollar.
Tensions between the United States and Russia, Putin prepares for counter steps
In short, one De-dollarization It aims to reduce the exposure of the Russian economy to US economic activities. Not New: If in 2018 Dollar reserves From the Central Bank of Russia it accounted for about 48% of the total, and already last November the change in course in Moscow began with the first effects on the composition of reserves.
In fact, the central bank’s portfolio was configured in 22.9% of gold reserves, With a value of only $ 1,218.5 billion 22.2% of dollar assets, With a value of 124.5 billion out of a total of 561.1 billion.
Now, Putin can withdraw new pressure, by following the line drawn by Russia’s deputy foreign minister last week Sergey RyabkovResponsible for bilateral relations with the United States:
We must isolate ourselves from the US financial and economic system to eliminate our exposure to these hostilities. We have to cut the dollar’s role in every transaction. “
Tensions have escalated since the Crimean War
The developments on the diplomatic front that we are witnessing today must in any case be framed in a context with a much broader time horizon: the Navalny case once again accelerates relations between Russia and its Western partners, but Legacy of the past They are many, and they still weigh.
Among these, The Crimean War 2014, With the annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula by Moscow, but also with the annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula Interference in the US presidential election2016 – as endorsed by a US congressional committee last year – and for 2020, with pro-government Russian media trying repeatedly to influence the vote for the incumbent president, Donald Trump, then defeated.