The premier, currently on a visit to Beijing, said a final decision on the issue can only be made after a thorough expert analysis.
"Yesterday, energy companies, in particular Gazprom, raised the question of using the national currency. We are ready to examine the possibility of selling energy resources for rubles, but our Chinese partners need rubles for that. We are also ready to sell for yuans," Putin said.
He stressed that "there should be a balance here."
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao toast after a signing ceremony in Beijing on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2009. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti)