Russia's central bank First Deputy Governor Dmitry Tulin poses for a picture in Moscow March 5, 2015. Russia's central bank must take into account how its policies impact the real economy but lowering... more 
Russia's central bank First Deputy Governor Dmitry Tulin poses for a picture in Moscow March 5, 2015. Russia's central bank must take into account how its policies impact the real economy but lowering inflation is still a priority, Tulin, the new head of monetary policy told Reuters in an interview cleared for publication on Thursday. Tulin, whose appointment in January fuelled speculation of a softer policy towards inflation, defended the bank against criticisms that it had cut rates prematurely, saying policy remained tight. But he left the door open for a rate cut at the next decision on March 13, saying it would depend on the latest data. REUTERS/Bank of Russia Press Service/Handout via Reuters (RUSSIA - Tags: BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES less 
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Thu, Mar 5, 2015 1:53 PM EST