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Kremlin says issue of granting loan to Belarus being negotiated

On April 1, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow would grant a state loan worth up to $600 mln to Minsk

The issue of Russia’s support to Belarus is always on the agenda of the meetings between presidents of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, while the issue of granting an up to $600 mln loan to Minsk is being negotiated, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

"Many issues related to the Russian-Belarusian cooperation with Moscow’s continued direct and indirect support provided to our Belarusian colleagues, are always on the agenda of the talks (between leaders)," he said, adding that those issues were "discussed during the latest talks between two presidents, particularly in Sochi."

According to Peskov, "the issue (about loan) is being discussed." "I would refrain from making any official statements regarding the issue," he said, noting that "the issue is being negotiated." "We will come with a respective statement in due time," the spokesman said.

On April 1, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told journalists that Moscow would grant a state loan worth up to $600 mln to Minsk.

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