The volume of government debt obligations of the United States owned by Russia in July remained virtually unchanged compared to June, having increased by $2 million to $2.007 billion, follows from the documents of the US Treasury Department.
In February, the amount of US government debt owned by Russia was estimated at $3.753 billion, in March and April – at $2.003 billion, and in May – at $2.004 billion, TASS reports.
In July, long-term US debt bonds in Russian investments accounted for $5 million ($1 million more than in June), and short-term bonds accounted for $2.002 billion ($1 million more than in June).
Japan remains the largest holder of US government debt (approximately $1.23 trillion). China came in second with $970 billion. In third place is the United Kingdom with $634.6 billion.
Russia began to sharply reduce investments in US public debt in the spring of 2018: in April, their level fell from $96 billion to $48.7 billion, and in May to $14.9 billion.
Recall that in August, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev warned colleagues from the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) about the possibility of a default by the United States on repayment of government debt obligations. He stressed that in this case, the assets of any state in US dollars and euros would be stolen.