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26 February 2021, 12:40

Belarus' external state debt 1.4% down to $18.3bn in January

The Finance Ministry. An archive photo
The Finance Ministry. An archive photo

MINSK, 26 February (BelTA) – As of 1 February 2021 Belarus' external state debt totaled $18.3 billion, $0.3 billion or 1.4% down since the beginning of the year (taking into account differences in currency exchange rates), BelTA learned from the Belarusian Finance Ministry.

In January 2021 the Belarusian government borrowed an equivalent of $35.7 million, including $25.5 million from the Russian government and $10.2 million from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

In January 2021 Belarus spent $270.1 million to repay the external state debt, including $84 million to the Russian government and $186.1 million to Chinese banks.

As of 1 February 2021 Belarus' state debt totaled Br59.7 billion, Br1.9 billion or 3.3% down since the beginning of the year.

The internal state debt amounted to Br11.6 billion as of 1 February. Taking into account differences in currency exchange rates, the internal state debt went up by Br1.8 billion or 17.7% since the beginning of the year.

In January 2021 individuals and corporations bought $625.9 million worth of domestic government bonds nominated in foreign and national currencies.

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