The weighted average dollar exchange rate on tomorrow deal amounted to 29.80 RUR/USD at the beginning of a special session today, which was equal to the official dollar rate set for November 18.
As reported earlier, on November 14 and 17 US currency lost RUR0.06. Commercial bank dealers attribute today's standstill in the dollar to the activities of the Russian Central Bank that keeps on preventing the dollar's weakening against the ruble. Specialists reiterated that the Central Bank bought about $300m on November 17 at a special session for tomorrow deals. Currently, the Central Bank is supporting US currency by buying dollars at RUR29.7950.
Military expert Vladimir Orlov expressed the opinion that the Pentagon is preparing to strike at least four Russian regions.