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India Proposes Settling Russia Trade in Rupees as Purchases Rise

  • Officials may agree plan soon with Russia team visiting Delhi
  • Bilateral trade between the two nations in FY22 stood $13.1b

India is proposing to settle trade with Russia in rupees, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, as the South Asian nation presses ahead with purchases of oil and weapons from the sanctions-hit country.

New Delhi plans to use about $2 billion equivalent of rupees deposited at Russia’s state-controlled VTB Bank PJSC and Sberbank of Russia PJSC, the person said, asking not to be identified as the deliberations are private. A plan could be finalized soon as Russian officials are visiting the Indian capital this week, the person added.