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Two-billion dollar aid to Ukraine undecided – minister

February 21, 2014, 17:48 UTC+3 BERLIN
Russia awaits clarity with the situation in Ukraine to decide whether to provide another two-billion dollar tranche
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Alexei Ulyukaev

Alexei Ulyukaev

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BERLIN, February 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Two billion dollars of aid for Ukraine remains undecided as Russia awaits clarity on a new Ukrainian government, Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukaev told a news conference on Friday.

“Late last year, we bought Ukrainian bonds in the amount of $3 billion,” said Ulyukaev. “There were plans soon to purchase another $2 billion-worth but as they have not been issued yet, the question awaits a positive answer.”

“Russia is not putting forward any special preconditions,” the minister added.

“Since the Ukrainian government resigned, we just want to be clear about Ukraine’s new government, its make-up and programme, to understand who we are dealing with, who is our partner, whom we provide with financial aid,” Ulyukaev said.

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