The Central Bank hindered the increase in the dollar exchange rate at this morning's session, an expert of a commercial bank told RosBusinessConsulting. He pointed out that the average-weighted dollar exchange rate grew by RUR0.01 to 31.83 RUR/USD at the beginning of business today, however after the Central Bank's currency intervention the average-weighted rate eased back and remained at RUR31.82 per dollar at the UTS.
The expert believes that the Central Bank sold some $20m at the special session today to prevent the ruble's weakening even by RUR0.01. The total volume of deals at today's UTS amounted to about $75m, so the Central Bank's share in this volume was lower than one third. The amount of today's trade at the special session decreased by $29m, compared to the previous session on November 18.
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be outvoiced about the crisis in Ukraine. In order to do this, the West needs to provide even greater support for Kyiv