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Russian rouble and stocks slide on new sanctions fears, lower oil

From Reuters - April 16, 2018

MOSCOW, April 16 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble and shares in some of Russias biggest companies slid lower on Monday, dragged down by the threat of new U.S. sanctions and lower oil prices.

Volatility on the Russian market has soared since Washington imposed fresh sanctions against Moscow on April 6, targeting major Russian companies and some of the countrys most prominent businessmen.

Dangers of a direct military confrontation between Russia and the United States eased over the weekend after Western missiles fired at Syria over a suspected poison gas attack steered clear of any Russian troops on the ground.

But Washington said on Sunday it would impose further sanctions against Russia on Monday over Moscows support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

At 0740 GMT, the rouble was 0.36 percent weaker against the dollar at 62.27 and had lost 0.37 percent to trade at 76.80 versus the euro.

Russias dollar-denominated RTS index was down 0.57 percent to 1,098.26 points, while the rouble-based MOEX Russian index was 0.18 percent lower at 2,171.28 points.

Shares in aluminium giant Rusal, which was placed on the April 6 U.S. sanctions list, were down more than 5 percent on the Moscow Exchange after falling 30 percent in Hong Kong.

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