Russia may issue a stablecoin backed by gold to use in international settlements, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament has admitted.
The matter has been discussed during a recent visit to Iran where officials have also signaled interest in such an initiative.
Russia, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa may soon consider creating their own currency within the framework of the BRICS, FM Lavrov hints possibility during a visit to Angola.
South Africa is the current BRICS chair.
The potential stablecoin aims to enable cross-border transactions instead of fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar, the Russian ruble or the Iranian rial.
The "token of the Persian Gulf region" would serve as a payment method in foreign trade.
Gold will be a crucial factor for China as the nation looks to strengthen the yuan's international credibility and continues to push forward its plans to buy oil from Saudi Arabia.
The People's Bank of China raised its holdings by 30 tons in December, according to data on its website on Saturday.
This follows November's addition of 32 tons, and brings the nation's holdings to a total of 2,010 tons.
Greenspan once said: I view gold as the primary global currency.
It is the only currency, along with silver, that does not require a counterparty signature.
Gold, however, has always been far more valuable per ounce than silver.
Gold is still, by all evidence, a premier currency, where no fiat currency, including the dollar, can match it.