Peskov: Russia’s position on the debt of Ukraine unchanged


MOSCOW, December 16. Russia’s position on the debt Kiev has not changed: his failure to pay would mean default of Ukraine and will appeal the Russian court. This was stated press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, answering the question.

“No change in the position of the Russian side, he said. – Still position is the same: it is sovereign debt that is payable. A debt default means a default situation and means judicial proceedings.”

The representative of the Kremlin found it difficult to explain at what stage is the preparation of the claim against Ukraine, but assured that “everything must be prepared for this, everything will be prepared”.

Peskov failed to disclose, are there any contacts with Kiev on this issue by the Ministry of Finance.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Natalia Jaresko told journalists that Kiev is in constant dialogue with the Russian side on the issue of debt in the amount of $ 3 billion but not directly, but through German intermediaries. “We are with them (the Russian side) in contact with German partners every day. As you know, in Peru I met with them under the mediation of the Minister of Finance of Germany. And they (the German side) are helping us as intermediaries,” – said the Minister.

This Jaresko said that Ukraine had not changed its position in respect of these bonds and added that so far the government had received suggestions to restructure the Eurobonds that Russia bought.

The National Debt Of Ukraine

In December 2013 Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have agreed that Moscow will give Kiev a loan of $15 billion through the placement of Ukrainian securities. Under this program, bonds for $3 billion were placed on the Irish stock exchange on 20 December 2013 and bought by Russia at the expense of the national welfare Fund.

The last coupon payment on these bonds were made by Ukraine in June 2015, the Full repayment was expected in December 2015.