Amidst the changing global geopolitical scenario, Iran and Russia have come together to issue a joint gold-backed stablecoin in the market. The executive director of the Russian Association of Cryptographic and Blockchain Industry, recently said that the Central Bank of Iran is considering the creation of such a stablecoin with its Russian counterpart.
The Russian news agency Vedomosti describes this stablecoin as a “token from the Persian Gulf region“The two countries plan to use the stablecoin to enable cross-border transactions instead of the traditional currency. The two countries plan to use the stablecoin to enable cross-border transactions instead of using fiat currencies such as the dollar, Iranian ruial or Russian ruble.
In addition, reports suggest that the specific stablecoin will be used to operate in a special economic zone in Astrakhan. This is where Russia began accepting Iranian shipments.
Anton Tkachev, a Russian lawmaker and member of the Information Policy Committee, noted that a joint stablecoin project would only be possible once the digital asset market is fully regulated in the country.
Russian lawmakers have experienced multiple delays in regulating the crypto-currency market. However, the lower house of the Russian parliament has once again promised to start regulating crypto transactions in 2023. Anatoly Aksakov, chairman of the State Duma committee on the financial market, said:
I can assure everyone that we will certainly have crypto as a legal product next year, there will certainly be legislation … I can only say unequivocally that’it cannot be used in the Russian Federation as a means of payment for internal regulations.
Regulation of crypto-currencies in Russia and Iran
Both Iran and Russia have banned their local residents from using crypto-currencies like bitcoin (BTC) as well as other stable currencies backed by the USD like Tether (USDT). However, on the other hand, both countries are actively seeking to use crypto-currencies to circumvent international sanctions and as a tool for foreign trade.
In August 2022, Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade approved the use of digital assets for imports into the country. The local government noted that the new measures would help Iran mitigate global trade sanctions.
On the other hand, the Bank of Russia had historically opposed the use of digital assets as a payment method. However, they have agreed to use crypto in foreign trade to mitigate the impact of global sanctions.