21.12.2015. Ihor Burakovsky: Will Ukraine return the money to the aggressor, IER

The situation around the debt of Ukraine to Russia is paradoxical, says Igor Burakovsky, director of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting. The lender, which created problems for Ukraine now demands the return of $ 3 billion. The problems of the Ukrainian economy in one way or another are related to the annexation of the Crimea and the war in the east, the expert added.

According to Mr. Burakovsky, the return or non-return of $ 3 billion Russian loan until 20 December will not be critical for the continuation of cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF.

I am more concerned which evidence showing that the country is really changing and is undertaking reforms will we put on the table for the IMF and the EU. If we present these evidence, the question of the Russian debt would be much easier to discuss.”

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