MOSCOW(Sputnik) – The Bank of Russia has decided to leave annual key rate at 11 percent, the bank said in a press release Friday.
“The Bank of Russia’s board of directors on September 11, 2015, decided to retain the annual key rate at 11 percent, taking into consideration the increase in inflationary risks in retrospect to the risks of considerable cooling of the economy,” the press release reads.
In December 2014, the Bank of Russia made the largest single increase in interest rates since 1998, raising its key rate from 10.5 to 17 percent as the ruble lost about half its value against the dollar due to plummeting oil prices and Western economic sanctions. The central bank explained the move as a measure to help slow down the national currency's depreciation and inflation.
Also the Bank of Russia made forecast that Russia’s annual inflation rate for September 2016 is projected to be approximately 7 percent and will reach the target level of 4 percent in 2017.
“According to the Bank of Russia’s forecast, the annual rate of growth in consumer prices will stand at approximately 7 percent in September 2016 and will reach the target level of 4 percent in 2017,” the statement reads.
Russian Central Bank head Elvira Nabilullina made statement about the forecast on inflation in Russia.
“We have corrected our forecast on inflation to 12-13 percent for the end of 2015,” Nabilullina said during a press conference.
In 2014, the inflation rate in Russia in was at 11.4 percent, according to the Russian State Statistics Service.
In January, the Russian government unveiled an anti-crisis plan to stabilize and improve the country's economy by 2017.
In June, the Central Bank projected a 3.2-percent contraction of the Russian economy in 2015, followed by 0.7-percent growth in 2016, to eventually reach a 1.7-2.4 percent growth over the next two years.
Earlier on Friday, Nabiullina stated that the Russian Central Bank does not expect the Russian national currency ruble to weaken further.