Ukraine acknowledges its $3 billion debt owed to Russia like any other Eurobonds, Ukraine’s Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko said on Tuesday at the Swedish-Ukrainian business forum.
"We recognize this debt of $3 billion like any other Eurobond," the minister said, according to Tass.
Jaresko stressed that this debt needs to be restructured. "We have enough programs and we have to achieve the goal of the debt restructuring," the minister added.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday that he believes Russia’s $3 billion loan to his country in December 2013 was a "bribe" sealed by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.
According to Poroshenko, the whole situation around the money which Russia loaned to Ukraine was dubious. He assumed the loan was a bribe that followed immediately after Yanukovich had refused to sign as association agreement with the European Union in Vilnius.
In comments to the statement, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said if Russia’s loan was compared with a bribe, then Kiev’s talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could be called a "large-scale embezzlement."