MOSCOW Dec 16 Oil prices can be higher than $40
per barrel, budgeted for 2017, with external factors currently
speaking for higher prices in the short term, central bank
governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Friday.
Nabiullina said, however, that more time was needed to
assess events affecting the oil market. She added that net
capital outflows from Russia were expected to remain low and
that liquidity surplus would not affect monetary conditions.
(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Andrey Ostroukh; writing by
Maria Kiselyova; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)