According to Putin's spokesman, this problem is nowhere & # 39; discussed. So Dmitry Peskov commented on the statements of the head of VTB Andrei Kostin
The Kremlin does not discuss the issue of forced conversion of dollar deposits due to sanctions against Russia, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters, TASS reports.
"No, there is no such thing on the part of the administration [президента]such is not present, as far as I know, in general everywhere, "- said Peskov.
At the same time, he noted that "the subject of dedolarisation is being actively discussed, not only in Moscow, but all over the world." He explained that countries are looking for ways to "ensure a reduction in the volume of dollars in mutual settlements, in conducting trade transactions, investments and trade and economy". "This is still the beginning of the path," Peskov said, emphasizing that "a fairly consistent and steadfast attitude" for the gradual minimization of the dollar's position in the circulation is common in many countries.
According to Peskov, this situation has become a natural response "to the fairly unpredictable actions of the United States, to reasonably controversial decisions from the point of view of norms and rules of international trade." "Confidence in the dollar is gradually falling and there is a firm desire to replace the dollar with other currencies," Peskov summarizes.
The press secretary of the head of state added that "for Russia this is an issue on the agenda", but there are no clear plans yet.
Earlier, the plan for dedolarisation presented the head of VTB Andrei Kostin. He also said that the banking sector can cope with the consequences of introducing new sanctions against Russia. He explained that the measures discussed should protect the interests of holders of deposits in dollars if the US authorities introduce an effective ban on the use of dollars by Russian banks.
In July Kostin asked for "starting to fight [с долларом] on a global scale "and asked President Vladimir Putin for dedolarisation, but the head of state then said that Russia does not intend to make sharp moves and to completely abandon the US currency.
According to analysts at Moody's Investors Service, the need to use the dollar in global trade may decline over time and may decrease its share in the reserves of countries. For this purpose, the currency alternatives for the dollar should be more attractive, experts say.