Russia together with the International Monetary Fund stands ready to assist Belarus in connection with the payment crisis in the country, but only if the government is ready to continue the reforms, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin in Washington, BelaPAN with reference to RIA "Novosti".
Kudrin said that the IMF earlier offered Belarus assistance program, which was based on specific and sufficiently rigid reforms.
"The program was tough, even tougher than we could ask for — this wage freeze and spending cuts, and increased energy rates in the country. But the Belarusian government thought that they had experienced the problem, and after completion of the [Belarusian authorities] have moved the restrictions that were created by this program. We would like to help Belarus. We believe that these important reforms must be submitted to the program of the government of Belarus, Russia, and then to take part in the support, "- said the minister, speaking at a forum on US-Russian relations.
On He said, Russia is discussing with the IMF on the provision of assistance to Belarus and is ready to "speak first echelon support." "We hope that after This will prepare the conditions for the participation of the IMF ", — said Kudrin.
"I know that now is not the IMF is ready to provide a new program, at least until all the solutions to reduce the budget deficit, according to the exchange rate policy will not be included again in Playa government and will not be accepted. Belarus' gold and foreign exchange reserves are falling, and I know that the government of Belarus is ready to reform. As far as this resolution is implemented, I can not say for sure, "- said the Russian minister.