MOSCOW, April 19 The Russian central bank said
on Wednesday it sees no substantial risks of rouble depreciation
caused by foreign market players.
"It is likely that the room for further increase in short
positions and closure of long rouble positions by non-residents
is limited and carries no risks of the rouble's substantial
weakening," the central bank said.
In a monthly report on banking sector liquidity, the central
bank said foreign players closed long positions in the rouble
and opened short positions in the first half of March ahead of a
rate decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Later in March, buying of foreign currency by non-residents
faded, which contributed to rouble appreciation, the central
(Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Christian Lowe)