Ukraine confident Russia can't hold IMF aid 'hostage'

A Ukrainian tank convoy leaves the front line near the village of Crymske in the Lugansk region on October 5, 2015Ukraine is confident the international community will not let Russia hold “hostage” an IMF bailout package that Kiev needs to avoid default, a source close to the Ukrainian government said Saturday. Russia has been blocking the International Monetary Fund’s $17.5-billion rescue plan for Ukraine, which hinges on Kiev’s ability to restructure billions of dollars in debt, including some held by Moscow. “There’s little appetite in the world to let Russia, after all that has happened, take hostage the IMF program for Ukraine.

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