8 Jun 2018 13:29

Russian ambassador to Belarus says Minsk owes Moscow $7.3-$7.4 bln

MINSK. June 8 (Interfax) - Belarus owes Russia $7.3 to $7.4 billion for government loans, Russian Ambassador in Minsk Alexander Surikov said at a press conference in Minsk on Friday.

"Belarus owes Russia $7.3 to $7.4 billion for government loans," Surikov said.

"This is about 40% of Belarus' foreign debt," the ambassador said. "I should say that the debt is being serviced normally, and the interest is being paid off. It is being paid off to the extent specified by the agreement," he said.

"There may be issues related to the easing of the debt burden, but this is what the finance ministries [are discussing]," Surikov said.