MOSCOW Aug 11 The rouble strengthened on
Monday to trade briefly below 36 against the U.S. dollar on
hopes that geopolitical tensions over the Ukraine crisis would
Russian assets have been dragged lower by fears of Russia
sending troops to Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are
battling Ukrainian government forces.
Moscow did not intervene over the weekend, despite Kiev
making significant gains in their military offensive against the
separatists. The rouble last traded below 36 against the dollar
on Aug 5.
(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Vladimir Abramov, editing
by Jason Bush)