RYBINSK, Russia, April 25 Russian authorities
understand the concerns of export-focused companies about the
rouble's recent appreciation and are looking into possible ways
to address the situation, President Vladimir Putin said on
"We are not interested in excessive rouble appreciation,"
The authorities will not disclose what tools they have at
their disposal that they could use to influence the rouble rate,
Putin said, saying Russia has no plans to strip the rouble of
its free-floating status.
Unlike exporters, Russian households preferred to have a
strong rouble, Putin said.
(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh;
Editing by Andrew Osborn)