Central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 11, 2015.
Russia's central bank has drawn up a "risk scenario" under which oil prices will stay around $35 for the next three years, governor Elvira Nabiullina said, an outcome that would severely dent Russia's chances of making a robust economic recovery.
Nabiullina made the comments after the central bank left its main lending rate RUCBIR=ECI on hold at 11 percent, extending a pause in its easing cycle because of growing inflation risks.
The central bank has come under pressure to soften monetary policy to limit an economic slump, but inflation has declined more slowly than initially forecast and the rouble remains vulnerable due to renewed oil price weakness.
Russia's economy is feeling the impact of Western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine as well as weak commodity prices, which make up the bulk of the country's exports.
"External conditions remain complicated, with persistent unfavorable trends," Nabiullina told a news conference. "First of all, this is high volatility of the world markets."
Nabiullina said while the bank believed the Russian economy was over the most severe stage of its slump, conditions were not yet in place for a resilient recovery.
The central bank sees the economy contracting by 0.5-1 percent in 2016 before growth of 0.0-1 percent in 2017....MORE