Some shortage of rubles, which was quite noticeable before December 31 of last year, has finally disappeared in the afternoon on January 4. A further decrease in ruble borrowing rates confirms this fact. Banking experts told RBC that overnight borrowing rates for rubles were about 1% now, whereas in the morning the corresponding figure was 3-4%.
The absence of any deficit of rubles at commercial banks has led to a rise in the trade volume and the dollar rate on the interbank market. The trade volume for deals to be completed on January 8 reached almost $20m as of 2:30 p.m., and deals of the maximum volume were made at a level just RUR0.07 lower than the level of RUR32 per dollar.
Russian officials have repeatedly declared that Israeli aviation poses a threat to the Russian military in Syria.