Sep 15, 2020
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The State Duma approved the allocation of a state loan to Minsk

Deputies of the State Duma adopted in the second reading a bill that gives the government of the Russian Federation the right to provide foreign states with state loans in 2020 that are not provided for in the program. Earlier, Moscow and Minsk agreed to provide Belarus with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion.

In the second reading, the draft was supplemented by a government amendment granting the Cabinet of Ministers in 2020 the right to make decisions on the provision of state loans not provided for by the program for providing state financial and state export loans for 2020-2022. reports RIA News.

The amendment makes it possible to provide such loans both at the expense of the appropriations established by the program itself, and by reducing the balances of the federal budget funds formed as of January 1, 2020. The deputies also supported the amendment concerning the provision of state loans to foreign states this year without amending the budget. It gives the government the ability to provide loans even if the limit has been reached.

As wrote, Russia will provide Belarus with a state loan of $ 1.5 billion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko. According to the President of the Russian Federation, currently the finance ministers of both countries are already working on this issue.

For Lukashenka, negotiations with Putin took place within the framework of his first foreign visit after the August 9 elections. The voting results led to massive protests in Belarus that continue to this day. Tens of thousands of people participate in street marches, believing the voting results to be falsified.

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