The Russian ruble extended its earlier losses after US President Donald Trump tweeted about President Barack Obama’s stance on Russia with respect to Crimea.
The petro-currency is down by 1.2% at $US57.8170 per dollar as of 7:55 a.m. ET.
“Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia,” Trump tweeted around 7:42 a.m. ET.
The ruble was down by about 0.8% earlier in the morning amid weaker Brent crude oil prices, which are down by about 0.6% at $US55.63.