9 Nov 2009 18:24

IMF head

KYIV Nov 9 (Interfax) - The International Monetary Fund did not renounce cooperation with Ukraine pending the presidential election, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyrya said.

"The International Monetary Fund was and is ready to continue cooperation with Ukraine, without waiting for the presidential election campaign to end," he said at a news conference in Kyiv on Monday.

Nemyrya said he had had talks by phone with IMF Managing Director Dominique Straus-Kahn earlier on Monday, who said his words had been wrongly interpreted by the mass media.

But the key condition for further cooperation with the IMF and getting a regular tranche is a common position on this inside the country, he said.

Western media on November 7 quoted Strauss-Kahn as saying that the IMF would continue cooperating with Ukraine only after the presidential election, set for January 2010, is over.