Bank of Russia open to relaxing curbs on non-residents transactions if sanctions eased

FILE PHOTO: National flag flies over the Russian Central Bank headquarters in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is open to relaxing restrictions on transactions by so-called unfriendly non-residents in exchange for the un-freezing of Russian assets abroad, its central bank said on Tuesday.

Russia implemented capital controls after Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine and prevented foreign investors from unfriendly states, those that have imposed sanctions, from selling securities of Russian issuers.

"Requirements for residents can be liberalised as much as possible, while the strictness of requirements for non-residents should differ depending on their jurisdiction," the Bank of Russia said in a report.

Some overseas companies and investors found they had assets essentially trapped in Russia after Moscow responded to Western sanctions with its own restrictions.

"When establishing foreign currency bans and restrictions, the principle of reciprocity should be followed, that is, to introduce bans and restrictions only in relation to residents of those states that have introduced such measures against the Russian Federation," it added.

Russia's central bank said it may consider liberalisation, namely the unblocking of assets, in relation to unfriendly countries in response to the easing of sanctions.

(Reporting by Elena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alexander Smith)