Rouble slides past 75 vs dollar ahead of Putin-Biden call

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  • Rouble slips past 75 vs dollar, 85 vs euro
  • Rouble at lowest levels since late November
  • Putin-Biden phone call in focus

MOSCOW, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The rouble slid past 75 versus the dollar to a one-month low in thin trade on Thursday ahead of a phone call between President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, at a time of strained Moscow-Washington relations over Ukraine.

By 1230 GMT, the rouble was 1.5% lower against the dollar at 75.09 , its weakest since Nov. 30.

It was down 1.4% at 85.09 against the euro , also a one-month low.

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Selling pressure on the rouble increased on the last trading day of 2021 as Moscow Exchange will be closed on Friday. Russia’s largest bourse will reopen on Monday but trading activity is not expected to recover to regular levels until Jan. 10, the end of Russia’s New Year holidays.

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