MINSK, April 10 Moscow has promised over $1
billion in loans for Belarus after last week's talks between the
leaders of two countries, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister
Vladimir Semashko told the local ONT TV station late on Sunday.
Moscow could also help Belarus tap into an additional $600
million from the Russia-led Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and
Development, Semashko said.
Last week, at a meeting in St Petersburg between Russian
President Vladimir Putin and Belarussian leader Alexander
Lukashenko, Russia agreed to refinance Belarus' debt while
Belarus will pay back more than $720 million in arrears for gas
According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady
Dvorkovich, Russia will also renew oil supplies to Belarus of 24
million tonnes a year and Russia's Gazprom will give
Belarus discounts on gas supplies in 2018 and 2019.
(Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Vladimir Soldtakin;
Editing by Christian Lowe)