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Russia & India Settle $4 Billion Trade in Rupee, Ditch US Dollar

In a multipolar world where US dollar dominance continues to be challenged, the rise of local currency narratives is gaining steady momentum. These currencies are sharp, robust, and equally capable of driving the USD off the rails, threatening its global reputation.

In a bid to kickstart the USD derailment, Russia and India have settled a weapons deal worth $4 billion in local currencies, challenging the USD’s supremacy. 

Also Read: The US Dollar Continues To Lose Strength Against Alternative Assets

Trade Settled in Rupee Between India & Russia

US Dollar Death Decline Down Torn BRICS Currency
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Per recent reports, an array of Russian companies have purchased robust arms and defense equipment worth $4 billion from India. The deal struck between India and Russia was later settled in Indian rupees rather than using the traditional US dollar. The purchase was made over six to eight months via a concept called Rupee Vostro accounts.

A Vostro account simply refers to an account that a domestic bank holds for foreign banks to trade in the former’s domestic currency. The concept has entailed Russia exploring Indian defense equipment by carrying out the payment settlement in rupees. Per local reports, the Russian Vostro account held nearly $8 billion in funds, half of which have been spent on the arms purchase carried out recently. 

The said development signals Russia’s anti-USD stance, denoting its potential to evade US dollar usage in all its proceedings. The deal has also left the financial community rife with questions related to de-dollarization and whether the end of the US dollar is truly near. 

The Anti-Dollar Stance

Russia has been spearheading the anti-dollar narrative with noteworthy aggression as of late. The nation had recently carried out $260 billion worth of trade with China, a deal that did not make use of a single USD. 

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At the same time, the rise of multipolar currency narratives is helping local currencies gain global attention. With the BRICS alliance developing their own unanimous currency, the US dollar’s dominance stands at a precarious threshold. The inflating debt metrics and degrading US economy verticals are also presurrizing the the US dollar. This may push USD to tank to new lows, all while witnessing the birth of new currency alternatives. 

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