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Thursday, March 15, 2018

“Ukraine is waiting who will give her more credit – Russia or the EU”

“If necessary, Russia will provide Ukraine with another $ 50 billion”. These words analysts estimate the probability of receiving new loans by Kiev, and the willingness to give their expressed including Brussels. And this can be very advantageous for Russia, the deal – estimated how much money Russian banks in Ukraine have already issued loans.

In the Kremlin do not exclude that in the near future can be accepted the decision on granting of loan to Ukraine, said the Russian presidential aide Andrei Belousov.

Belousov emphasized that the situation in Ukraine now is such that without the loan, the country “will not be able to maintain economic stability”. “I do not exclude that the loan will be requested and, accordingly, it will be provided”, – said Belousov. Moreover, the decision to grant a loan to Ukraine could be accepted tomorrow at the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych.

In turn, the EU also does not exclude the provision of financial compensation to Ukraine for the Association, said today the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton at the meeting of the EU Council. “At the talks with President of Ukraine we explored how short-term considerations prevented him sign an Association agreement. I believe that we will be able to remove them at the expense of the EU, international financial institutions or commercial loans,” said Ashton.

And this despite the fact that yesterday the European Commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy Stefan Fule said that the community suspends consultations with Ukraine on the Association agreement until Kiev yet has not given a clear promise to sign it.

We will remind that last week the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said that Ukraine “need a loan of about 20 billion euros, and at normal conditions”. And it was a direct appeal to the EU.

“At the moment Ukraine badly needs money, which explains the fussiness of its behavior in negotiations with the EU and Russia. But most of all, voiced the figure of $ 20 billion is the minimum necessary, Ukrainian politicians have taken into account the possibility of its reduction in the course of negotiations”, – says the newspaper VIEW managing Director of brokerage services Concern General Invest Meruzhan Dadalyan.

What will happen tomorrow

In addition to providing loan on 17 December at the sixth meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate Commission under the chairmanship of Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych also discussed the theme of the Customs Union and gas prices. So, Belousov, answering the question, are there plans to sign any documents on Ukraine’s integration into the Customs Union, said: “the Customs Union work goes on constantly, so in a sense, Yes.”


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