MOSCOW, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The rouble weakened to a more than one-week low against the dollar on Thursday ahead of a phone call between President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, at a time of strained Moscow-Washington relations over Ukraine.
At 0744 GMT, the rouble was 0.4% lower against the dollar at 74.29 , its weakest since Dec. 22.
It was down 0.3% at 84.10 against the euro , close to a one-month low hit in the previous session.
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The rouble has been under increased geopolitical pressure since October as Western nations have expressed concerns about Russia’s military build-up near neighbouring Ukraine. Moscow says it can move its army around its own territory as it deems necessary.
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