Ukraine borrows $2 bln from Russia to support budget

Cash-strapped Ukraine has borrowed $2 billion from Russia this week to bridge its budget deficit as talks on an IMF loan dragged on, a source in the Ukrainian government told Reuters on Friday.

Ukraine borrows $2 bln from Russia to support budget

Cash-strapped Ukraine has borrowed $2 billion from Russia this week to bridge its budget deficit as talks on an IMF loan dragged on, a source in the Ukrainian government told Reuters on Friday.

"As part of foreign borrowings allowed by the law on state budget, we have borrowed from Russia," said the source who did not provide any other details.

Ukraine's new president Viktor Yanukovich enjoys strong Russian backing and has reversed some of predecessor Viktor Yushchenko's pro-Western policies such as seeking NATO membership.

The government of the former Soviet republic is seeking a $19 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

An IMF mission will arrive in Ukraine on June 21 to resume negotiations.

Valery Litvitsky, a senior adviser to central bank chairman, said separately the bank's reserves had grown to $28.5 billion on June 10 from $26.7 billion on May 31.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Tigipko said this week that borrowing from Russia was one of the alternatives to IMF financing.

The Fund last year suspended Ukraine's $16.4 billion rescue programme because the former administration of Yushchenko, who was at odds with his government, reneged on promises of financial restraint.


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