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31 October 2022, 11:38

Lukashenko says whether Belarus will repay debts to Western countries

MINSK, 31 October (BelTA) – Belarus is a reliable payer and is ready to pay its debts to its partners, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said while receiving a report from Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko, BelTA has learned.

One of the topics of the report was the repayment of public debt. The head of state asked how things were in this field.

“Especially when it comes to unfriendly countries as we call them, which are now many. My instruction was very clear and it should be fulfilled: we are reliable payers and we are ready to pay our debts, after all, we do not owe that much to the West. However, they refused to accept currency from Belarus. Well, then we suggested that we pay in the Belarusian ruble. They rejected this proposal as well. Therefore, my instruction was to credit these payments in Belarusian rubles to separate accounts. The money will be there waiting for them to change their mind. If they don't, so be it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

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