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BRICS May Create Alternative to Western Ratings Agencies

Moody’s, Fitch’s, and S&P’s politically-driven decision to cut Russian credit rating just above junk has predictable consequences

MOSCOW, April 3 (Sputnik) — Experts from BRICS countries are discussing the creation of a new independent rating agency to counter the geopolitically-biased economic assessment by Western ratings agencies, the Russian sous-sherpa for BRICS said Friday.

China’s rating agency Dagong is currently holding talks with economic experts in Russia regarding the creation of a new independent agency, the Russian official said.

After sanctions had been imposed on Moscow by the West over Russia’s alleged role in the internal conflict in Ukraine, the Big Three credit rating agencies — Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s – downgraded their rating regarding Russia’s credit worthiness.

“After the recent cases with Big Three rating agencies issuing politicized and biased assessments of the state and development prospects of Russian economy, this issue is of particular relevance,” sous-sherpa Vadim Lukov told journalists, adding that Russia is not the first country to suffer from “rating aggression and rating dumping.”

The Big Three have also published negative outlooks for Mercosur countries for 2015. Mercosur is a sub-regional economic bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela alongside associate countries Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

These steps and other questionable actions have prompted criticism from numerous experts and lawmakers worldwide, who believe that the proprietary ratings by the three primary western credit rating agencies are largely based on their interpretation of geopolitics and do not reflect reality.

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