Russia's national cryptocurrency, the cryptoruble, is unlikely to be created in the foreseeable future, according to the Bank of Russia. The central bank believes that it could be used to bypass regulations. Meanwhile, the finance ministry wants to use the cryptoruble for cross-border payments.
Cryptoruble Could Bypass Regulations
The first deputy governor of the Bank of Russia, Sergey Shvetsov, said at the Gaidar Forum this week that "The appearance of a cryptoruble in the foreseeable future is unlikely," Tass reported. He elaborated:
I'm of the opinion that as long as the demand for cryptocurrencies is linked to a large extent with the bypass of regulations, it is clear that the regulator cannot afford to issue a cryptoruble, which will allow to bypass regulations.
The bank's first deputy chairman, Olga Skorobogatova, shared the sentiment, stating previously that she did not see the need for a cryptoruble.
However, she said that the central bank is considering introducing a supranational digital currency within the BRICS or the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC).
Cryptoruble for Cross-Border Payments
Meanwhile, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev told reporters at the forum that his ministry "supports the idea of using a cryptoruble in cross-border settlements," Tass also reported. He detailed:
The issue on which to focus now is the use of electronic money, a cryptoruble, in cross-border settlements. Settlements with our leading trading partners, at least the countries of the former USSR, could be made not in a foreign currency but in electronic rubles.