May 15, 2015 / 8:26 AM / 2 years ago

Russian central bank extends anti-crisis measures for banks

Cars are parked outside the headquarters of the Bank of Russia in Moscow April 30, 2015.Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's central bank on Friday extended anti-crisis measures aimed at helping the banking sector weather turmoil on Russian financial markets late last year.

The central bank said in a statement it had discussed the extension with bankers earlier this week.

In December, it temporarily allowed banks to use third-quarter exchange rates to value their risk-weighted assets and not to create loan-loss provisions for credits to companies suffering because of sanctions over Ukraine.

Those regulatory relaxations were meant to last until July 1 this year. But on Friday the bank extended the relaxation relating to loan-loss provisions until Oct. 1, and introduced new exchange rates for valuation of banks' risk-weighted assets.

The new exchange rates are less favourable for banks than the previous ones but still better than the current market rate.

It decided not to extend a moratorium on banks' declaring losses on their securities portfolio in their accounts.

Reporting by Alexander Winning and Elena Fabrichnaya,; Editing by Jason Bush

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