Russian Official Expects Agreement on BRICS Currency This Year


The chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Financial Market says that an agreement on the BRICS currency can be reached in 2023 as BRICS nations ramp up their de-dollarization efforts to shift away from U.S. dollar reliance. “By linking its economy and currency to politics, the U.S. is practically undermining the foundations of its dominance,” said the Russian official.

Agreement on BRICS Currency Could Be Reached in 2023, Says Russian Official

Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Financial Market, discussed BRICS currency and the de-dollarization trend on Wednesday at the press center of Parliamentary Newspaper, the publication of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Aksakov expects the share of the U.S. dollar in international trade to decline, noting that Americans continuing to destroy the value of the dollar with their own hands shows the whole world that the USD is being used for political purposes. He said:

By linking its economy and currency to politics, the U.S. is practically undermining the foundations of its dominance. I am sure that the share of the dollar in world trade will steadily decline.

The Russian official added that now there is a search for some kind of collective currencies, emphasizing that a discussion on this topic is already on the agenda of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).

Aksakov further stated that while the negotiations are at an early stage, an agreement can be reached in 2023.

The BRICS nations have been ramping up their de-dollarization efforts and are currently working to create a common currency that will reduce their reliance on the U.S. dollar. State Duma Deputy Chairman Alexander Babakov said last month that BRICS currency is expected to be discussed at the next leaders’ summit in August.

The economic bloc is also pushing to expand its global influence. A Russian official said this week that Russia is actively discussing BRICS expansion with member countries. So far, 19 nations have either applied to join the group or have expressed interest to join. However, multiple people have warned that a BRICS currency will erode the U.S. dollar’s dominance.

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