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Ukraine's new finance minister said on Thursday he hoped an International Monetary Fund mission would visit Ukraine next week to work on a new aid package of at least $15 billion for the former Soviet republic.

"Today we requested the IMF send a mission and we hope that it will be here next week," the minister, Oleksander Shlapak, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

"It will be a new programme. We will be asking for at least $15 billion and then it will become clear," he added.

The minister also said he expected the hryvna, which sank to a record low on Thursday as fresh turmoil emerged in Crimea, to strengthen soon at around 10 to the dollar.  

Yeah right...bring us at least $15 billion when you visit next week...They "requested" it...Aren't they naive?
Of course $15 billion is a piece of cake for USA and EU but I do not remember them trowing billions down the toilet in some foreign country if it's not going to end up in their own pockets...

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by vbo on Thu Feb 27th, 2014 at 09:31:07 AM EST

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