© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A picture illustration shows Russian rouble banknotes of various denominations on a table in Warsaw, Poland, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is seeing an “artificial propping up of the rouble” by the Russian central bank and by the Russian government, communications director Kate Bedingfield said on Thursday.
“They are taking artificial measures to keep the rouble propped up,” she said.
Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded foreign buyers pay for Russian gas in roubles from Friday or else have their supplies cut.
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