Belarus’ external public debt hits 13.9 bln USD

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Belarus’ external public debt rose by 277.6 million U.S. dollars from January to May 2017, drifting to 13.9 billion U.S. dollars, the Belarusian Finance Ministry said on Friday.

In January-May 2017, Belarus attracted external state loans in the amount of 595 million U.S. dollars, most of which were borrowed from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD), the Russian government and banks.

Belarus has spent 394.7 million U.S. dollars to repay the external public debt since the beginning of the year.

As of January 1, 2017, Belarus’ external public debt reached 13.6 billion U.S. dollars and grew by 9.6 percent in 2016.

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