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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Forgive all who have: Rada has introduced a moratorium on payments to Russia

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for the bill abolishing the specific long term payments provided under the President Yanukovych, the Russia loan of $ 3 billion.

photo: Lily Sherlovskaja

Thus, in fact Ukraine will not pay Russia the money, postponing the decision of a question on an uncertain future.

During the voting (“for” it 242 deputies out of 226 needed) positions, however, were divided. Despite the majority decision, the Deputy Oleksandr Dolzhenkov (“Opposition bloc” — former “Party of regions” led by Viktor Yanukovych) has warned that in this way Ukraine recognizes the default, however, by his opinion not to listen.

The document, in particular, endorsed the sub-Committee on state debt and the state budget financing.

Read about the governmental crisis in Ukraine.

One of the arguments of the refusal to pay funds from Russia was the fact that the credit issued under Yanukovych, is perceived in the country as an attempt to “buy” the rejection of European integration.

The main motive of those who voted for the bill was that the term of payment on the debt occurred on 1 July 2016. At the same time Ukraine has agreed with the other creditors on the debt restructuring, not only did it only Russia.

The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, however, said the continuation of talks with Russia and hopes that our country will also agree to debt restructuring. Otherwise she faces a complete absence of any indemnity that the message of the Ministry of Finance.

The total amount of debt payments of Ukraine in view of the Russian loan for 4 years should be 30 billion dollars.

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