S&P lowers Russia's foreign currency rating to 'BB+'

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to present the highest state awards at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia February 2, 2022. Sputnik/Sergey Karpuhin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Feb 25 (Reuters) - Rating agency S&P said on Friday it lowered Russia's long-term foreign currency sovereign credit ratings to 'BB+/B' from 'BBB-/A-3' and local currency ratings to 'BBB-/A-3' from 'BBB/A-2'.

The sanctions announced on Russia could have significant direct and second-round effects on its economic and foreign trade activity, and financial stability, S&P said.

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Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam Holmes

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