Russia's de-dollarization effort is full steam ahead, in line with President Putin's commitment to reduce the country's vulnerability to the continuing threat of US sanctions.
Crossing the wires early Wednesday morning, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev, was quoted by Reuters as saying the Russian sovereign wealth fund will reduce US Dollars and is considering adding Chinese yuan.
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Kolychev said the change to the foreign exchange structure of the wealth fund would occur in 2020.
Last month, Russian Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin told the Financial Times that the country would continue down the path of de-dollarization and begin trading some oil transactions in Euros and roubles.
"We have very good currency, and it's stable. Why not use it for global transactions?" Oreshkin said in a recent interview with the FT.
"We want (oil and gas sales) in roubles at some point," he said.
Despite less than 5% of Russia's $687.5 billion in annual trade being with the US, it remains that over half of that trade still relies on the dollar, according to Bloomberg figures.
US sanctions have been very selective as of recent, specifically targeting Gazprom, the country's gas giant. Sanctions have banned any US company from supplying Gazprom with equipment.
Russia's desire to abandon the dollar is a trend that continues to gain momentum and could be fully realized by the mid/late 2020s.