Posted by Naseer Mahmood
Reuters) – Credit agency Standard & Poor’s cut Russia’s foreign currency ratings on Friday, saying further downgrades were possible if the West imposed tighter sanctions against Moscow in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
Moscow said politics had played a role in the downgrade, the first by a major agency since Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in March and leaving the S&P rating just one notch above junk status.
Foreign investors have been pulling money out of Russia since the country’s economy hit the rails last year, a process that has intensified along with western concerns about Ukraine. Read more