ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 20 (Reuters) - A weaker rouble will not benefit the Russian economy, Deputy Central Bank Chairman Alexei Ulyukayev said on Thursday, joining into a heated debate among government officials whether the authorities should let the currency weaken to spur growth.
Ulyukayev, who is soon expected to leave his post at the central bank and take over as economy minister, said that the bank is not considering any changes to the rouble's trading corridor.
'Both, us and the market participants, are happy with the width of the basket (corridor) and the rules for our market interventions, they are clear,' Ulyukayev told journalists at the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
'This is not a question for now.'
The central bank keeps rouble in a floating corridor against a dollar-euro basket of 31.65 to 38.65.
(Reporting by Daria Korsunskaya in St Petersburg, Writing in Moscow by Lidia Kelly) Keywords: RUSSIA C.BANK/ROUBLE
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