Russian Ice Hockey Federation to wage ruthless war on doping abuseSport July 26, 19:53
Two Siberian residents jailed for killing three zoo birds in failed barbeque attemptSociety & Culture July 26, 18:43
Moscow slams Western media allegations about alleged Russian support for TalibanRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 26, 18:31
Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili stripped of Ukrainian citizenshipWorld July 26, 18:25
Russia bolsters military potential in South to respond to emerging threats — defense chiefMilitary & Defense July 26, 16:09
Moscow to frame stance on new sanctions once US bill becomes lawRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 26, 16:03
Kazakhstan hopes to develop its own module for joint space station with RussiaScience & Space July 26, 15:34
EU diplomats move to slap more sanctions on Russia over Siemens turbines furorBusiness & Economy July 26, 15:11
London court binds Ukraine to pay par value of Eurobonds to RussiaBusiness & Economy July 26, 15:05
MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. The price of Brent crude futures contracts with delivery in May rose by 1.3% to $42.02 per barrel at today's auction of the London Stock Exchange ICE, first time since December 2015.
The ruble strengthened following the increase in oil prices. Thus, the dollar again fell below the mark of 68 rubles, and the euro - below 77 rubles.
In comparison with the closing of the trading session on Thursday the ruble appreciated against the dollar by 48 kopecks to 67.62 rubles, euro - by 88 kopecks to 76.25 rubles.
Besides the increase in oil price the ruble strengthening was backed by the decision of the Central Bank on the key rate.
On Friday, the Central Bank once again kept its key rate unchanged at 11%. The rate remains unchanged from August 2015. The regulator took this decision amid continuing high-level inflation expectations.