Russia to restructure Cyprus loan: Putin

Hanover, April 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia has decided to restructure its multi-billion euro loan to Cyprus to help the island nation resolve its financial crisis, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

“We are making our own contribution [to resolving the Cyprus crisis]. Late in 2011 we granted Cyprus a government loan of 2.5 billion euros [$3.2 billion], and at the request of the European Commission we have decided to restructure this debt.

“This is our real contribution to resolving the Cyprus problem,” Putin said, without detailing about the debt restructuring.

During talks between the Russian and Cypriot finance ministers in March, Cyprus requested a five-year loan extension and a cut in the loan rate from 4.5 percent to 2.5 percent, which was equivalent to writing down 10 percent of Cyprus’ debt.

Russia does not expect the Cyprus bailout model offered by the troika of international creditors will be used to resolve the economic woes of other eurozone countries fighting with the sovereign debt and bank liquidity crises, Putin said.

“We spoke about the Cyprus issue in detail,” Putin said in comments on the results of his visit to Germany where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“I proceed from the fact that this [the terms of the Cyprus bailout deal] is single instance and such methods to exit the crisis will not be used any more in the problem eurozone countries,” Putin said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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