Belarus, Russia can adopt single currency by 2005

RUSSIA - Viktor Gerashchenko, head of the Russian Central Bank, said during his visit to Mahilyow on Mar 30 that Belarus and Russia could adopt a single currency before 2005 provided there were necessary economic conditions.

In Mahilyow, Gerashchenko and his Belarusian counterpart, Pyotr Prakapovich, took part in a meeting of the Belarusian-Russian Interbank Currency Council, which discussed a joint plan of creating conditions for the adoption of the single currency.

According to Mr Gerashchenk