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Russia Considers Using Cryptocurrencies for International Settlements

Authorities in Russia are mulling over the possible use of digital currencies for international payments, a high-ranking official from the finance ministry has indicated. If recognized as property, he noted, cryptocurrency can be utilized in barter deals with foreign partners.

The possibility of using cryptocurrencies in international settlements is under consideration at the Ministry of Finance of Russia since the country’s access to the traditional payment channels is limited, Ivan Chebeskov, director of the ministry’s Financial Policy Department announced, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

Speaking at a forum organized by the ruling United Russia party, Chebeskov revealed that the Minfin is actively discussing the employment of digital currency in barter transactions, if it is recognized as property in the Russian Federation.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin stated earlier that the federal government is considering transitioning to settlements in national currencies with “friendly countries.” Interfax also quotes the Head of the Russian Republic of Buryatia, Alexey Tsydenov, who unveiled that Russia will soon offer Mongolia the option to switch to payments in rubles and tugriks.

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