Didn't they just go bankrupt ten years ago? And ten years before that? I'm starting to see a pattern here. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aQ3aCVfB6U2A&refer=home Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The euro fell against the dollar and the yen as a Nikkei newspaper report that Russian banks and businesses may seek to reschedule $400 billion of foreign loans deepened concern financial turmoil in Europe is worsening. The yen also ended a three-day loss versus the euro after European finance ministers signaled increasing concern that some governments are finding it harder to borrow in financial markets. The dollar strengthened on optimism that the U.S. governmentâs stimulus and bank-rescue packages will help spur growth in the worldâs largest economy. âThe Nikkei report of rescheduling debt is driving the euro lower because European financial institutions have a bigger exposure to Russia than their counterparts in other countries,â said Takashi Kudo, Tokyo-based director of foreign-exchange sales at NTT SmartTrade Inc., a unit of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Japanâs largest fixed-line phone company. The euro fell to $1.2873 as of 11:46 a.m. in Tokyo from $1.3003 late in New York yesterday. Europeâs single currency slipped 0.9 percent to 117.86 yen. The dollar was at 91.56 yen from 91.46 yen. The British pound climbed to 86.70 pence per euro from 87.28 pence. The yen rose 1 percent to 61.42 versus Australiaâs dollar and 0.9 percent to 48.81 against New Zealandâs dollar. The euro weakened versus 12 of the 16 most-active currencies after the Nikkei newspaper said the Russian Association of Regional Banks has submitted a plan to the Russian government for rescheduling loans, citing an interview with Anatoly Aksakov, the head of the association. The group is already in talks with HSBC Holdings Plc and Deutsche Bank AG, the Nikkei reported. Financial Difficulties âEuropean banks may face more financial difficulties, given the Nikkeiâs report that Russian banks may negotiate a debt rescheduling,â said Yuji Saito, head of the foreign- exchange group in Tokyo at Societe Generale SA, Franceâs third- largest bank by market value. âIt is natural that the euro is sold and the yen is bought.â The euro may weaken to $1.27 and 117 yen and the dollar may depreciate to 90 yen today, Saito said. Kazakhstanâs banks may have their ratings cut as the devaluation of the nationâs currency makes it harder for them to repay foreign debt and âsubstantially increasesâ credit risk, Moodyâs Investors Service said yesterday. âWorrying Developmentsâ The widening spreads between the interest rates that different euro-area nations must pay bond investors are âworrying developments,â according to a âspeaking noteâ prepared for Luxembourg Finance Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and obtained by Bloomberg News. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average pared its advance today to 0.2 percent after earlier gaining as much as 2 percent. The VIX volatility index, a Chicago Board Options Exchange gauge reflecting expectations for stock-market price changes that is used as a measure of risk aversion, climbed 0.6 percent to 43.64 yesterday. Benchmark interest rates are 3.25 percent in Australia and 3.50 percent in New Zealand, compared with 0.1 percent in Japan, encouraging investors to borrow in yen and buy higher-yielding assets elsewhere. In these so-called carry trades, investors get funds in a country with low borrowing costs and invest in one with higher rates. The risk is market moves can erase profits. Bank Rescue The dollar also strengthened versus all of the 16 major currencies on optimism U.S. fiscal-stimulus and bank-rescue packages will help the economy recover faster than countries in Asia and Europe. U.S. President Barack Obama is demanding an economic stimulus bill on his desk before Congress leaves for the Presidentsâ Day holiday on Feb. 16. The Senate voted 61 to 36 yesterday to end debate on the $838 billion measure. Senators will vote today on whether to approve the bill. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithnerâs announcement of a financial-rescue plan is also planned for today. âThere is an emerging view that the worst phase of the financial-system meltdown is overâ in the U.S., said Ryohei Muramatsu, manager of Group Treasury Asia in Tokyo at Commerzbank AG, Germanyâs second-biggest lender. âInvestor sentiment toward the dollar has already changed to favor the currency.â The ICEâs Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback versus the euro, the yen, the pound, the Canadian dollar, the Swedish krona and the Swiss franc, rose 0.8 percent to 85.483 today.