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MOSCOW, April 14 (Reuters) – Russia’s economy ministry revised greater its 2023 gross domestic item (GDP) forecast on Friday to development of 1.two% from a contraction of .eight%, news agencies reported.

The International Monetary Fund this week also raised its forecast for Russia’s 2023 financial development, but stated the nation could see a sharply wider spending budget deficit and a smaller sized present account surplus this year. It stated Russia’s international isolation and decrease power revenues could dampen its financial development prospective for years.

The economy ministry lowered its rouble price forecast to 76.five to the dollar in 2023, from 68.three in the prior forecast produced final autumn.

The rouble is down about ten% year-to-date, producing it the third-worst performer amongst international currencies so far this year as it struggles beneath the weight of a Western oil cost cap and shrinking export revenues.

Russia’s economy defied early expectations for a double-digit financial contraction in 2022, in forecasts produced quickly right after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine final February, but a return to prosperity remains far off as the government directs extra spending towards the military.

The economy shrank two.1% in 2022. Ahead of Russia started what it calls a “unique military operation” in Ukraine, the government had anticipated three% development.

Reporting by Reuters Writing by Alexander Marrow
Editing by Gareth Jones

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