MINSK, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Ministry of Finance of Belarus does not confirm the information about the request for a new loan from Russia and is working with Russian colleagues within the framework of previous agreements, press secretary of the ministry Irina Komar told RIA Novosti.
“We are working within the framework of previously determined agreements. We do not confirm this information,” Komar said, commenting on the information in the media about the consideration of the issue of allocating a new loan from the Russian Federation to Minsk in the amount of $ 3 billion. Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia
On September 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, announced that Moscow would provide a loan to Minsk for $ 1.5 billion. In October, Belarus received a loan of $ 0.5 billion from the funds of the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD). Lukashenko reported that with this money, Belarus paid off $ 200 million in debt for natural gas to Russia, and used the rest to fight the coronavirus.
Then, on December 21, an intergovernmental Belarusian-Russian agreement was signed in Moscow on the provision of two tranches of the RF state loan to Minsk at $ 0.5 billion each. The Ministry of Finance of Belarus reported that under the terms of the document, the first tranche will be provided by the end of the year, and the second tranche – in 2021.
On December 30, Minsk announced the receipt of the first tranche of the Russian state loan in an amount equivalent to $ 500 million. In February, the head of the Ministry of Finance of the republic, Yuri Seliverstov, said that Belarus expects to receive the remaining tranche of the state loan of the Russian Federation in the amount of $ 500 million in the first half of 2021.