Final Word from Tuesday, February 13, 2024

It's probably a coincidence that Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin appeared just as the G7 was considering plans for using frozen Russian central-bank assets as collateral against new debt for aiding Ukraine. If Russia didn't repay the debt as it matured, the Russian assets would be seized to cover it. Putin told Carlson that using the dollar as a tool of foreign policy is one of the U.S.'s biggest strategic mistakes. It causes countries to look for ways to protect themselves, Putin said, and even U.S. allies are reducing their dollar holdings. The message was that dollar weaponization leads to de-dollarization, and Putin isn't the only one talking about it. Jan Fingerland of Czech Radio wrote a report about it in May of last year. To a country like the CR engulfed in a debate about adopting the euro, a discussion about the de-dollarization of the global financial system is an unwelcome distraction. Perhaps Pres. Petr Pavel could explain in an upcoming speech why it has no relevance for Czechs. [ Czech Republic G-7 dedollarization dedollarize United States president ]

Glossary of difficult words

collateral - something pledged as security for repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in the event of a default;

to mature - (of an insurance policy, security, etc.) to reach the end of its term and hence become payable;

holdings - stocks, property and other financial assets in someone's possession;

to engulf - to powerfully affect (someone or something); to overwhelm.


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