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Russia rushes to bail out Belarus

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April 19, 2011, 3:51 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Reuters

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Russia wants to finish negotiations for a loan to cash-strapped Belarus within a month, offering conditions similar to those typical of an International Monetary Fund programme, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said over the weekend. "I would like to finish it all within a month," Kudrin told journalists on the sidelines of the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington.

"But it all depends on whether there are difficulties with questions that we are dealing with right now," he said, without elaborating.

Belarus is seeking a $1 billion loan from Moscow and $1.7 billion from a Russia-led regional bailout fund as it is running out of foreign-currency reserves due to a big trade deficit and overspending in the run-up to the December 2010 presidential election.

Russia has asked Belarus to submit a credible plan for economic stabilization, and Kudrin said Moscow would like to issue the loan on terms similar to those typical for IMF standby programmes.

"I think that those proposals and the criteria that we will stick to will ... in my opinion, 80 percent, meet the requirements of the IMF," Kudrin said.
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Anonymous April 19, 2011, 4:28 p.m.    

Only the Russians will help 'The Last Dictator in Europe'. Serves him right. As usual the poor people of Belarus will suffer because of one man and his continual desire for control.

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Anonymous April 19, 2011, 6:23 p.m.    

This is why Ukraine should join the EU.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 12:23 a.m.    

You obviously aren't aware of all the bail outs in the EU.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 2:25 a.m.    

lol, no EU country is as pathetic as Belarus

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 4:57 a.m.    

With a name like Matei you are obviously a kike and anti-slavic. Do you take your orders from olexander Feldman?

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Anonymous April 19, 2011, 7:25 p.m.    

Belarus is doing so well in that Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan customs union! We should join!...not!

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Anonymous April 19, 2011, 10:14 p.m.    

ask greece about Eu..... or maybe portugal there doing so well.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 2:24 a.m.    

They are doing terrible on a relative scale, but even then, still 100x better than Ukraine

So what's your point?

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 4:56 a.m.    

EU countries like Romania are prospering??? I don't think so. Ireland, Portugal, Greece are all in trouble economicaly. They have been long time EU members.

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Anonymous April 19, 2011, 11:15 p.m.    

Yes sireeee....joining the Customs Union would be such a plus. Look where its gotten Belarus!

Only one way to go ukraine....that is towards the civilized West and the EU.

Any other consideration would be absurd.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 1:37 a.m.    

quote:

... in my opinion, 80 percent, meet the requirements of the IMF,&quot; Kudrin said.

But the remaining 20% are going to hurt. So much for Lukashenka's much vaunted economic miracle.

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