Russian Finance Ministry confirms Cyprus pays off Its debt to Russia fully

Russian Finance Ministry confirms Cyprus pays off Its debt to Russia fully
# 03 September 2019 14:40 (UTC +04:00)

Cyprus has fully paid off its debt to Russia and currently owes nothing to the country, the Russian Finance Ministry has confirmed, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"Cyprus has repaid its loan and is no longer a debtor of the Russian Federation", the ministry said.

The statement comes after Cyprus Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on 2 September that the country had paid off its debt.

Cyprus received in 2011 a 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion) loan from Russia at 4.5 percent per annum, which was expected to pay off in June-July 2016. However, in 2013 the loan was restructured, following an acute financial crisis. The interest rate was brought down to 2.5 percent, and the country was allowed to repay the debt in 2018-2021.

The Mediterranean country placed in April two issues of Eurobonds for 1.25 billion euros specifically to repay the loan.

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