Putin signs law on loan restructuring for South Cyprus

President Vladimir Putin endorsed the restructuring of an intergovernmental agreement on a state financial loan for South Cyprus, signed in December 2011.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to ratify a protocol on the restructuring of a loan to South Cyprus.

Russia and South Cyprus signed an intergovernmental agreement on the provision of a state financial loan for South Cyprus in December 2011. It stipulates that a single repayment of $2.754 billion be made on July 1, 2016. The loan’s annual interest rate was calculated at 4.5 percent.

 A protocol that included a reduction of the annual interest rate to 2.5 percent was signed in August 2013, after the Greek Cypriot government asked for a restructuring of the debt over the deterioration of the financial situation in the country. The document also delayed the repayment of the debt until the period between 2018 and 2021.

In February, Putin and leader of Greek Cypriot administration Nicos Anastasiades met in Moscow to discuss bilateral relations and key international issues. The meeting resulted in the countries signing a number of documents on cooperation, including in the military and naval fields, the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and in science, education and culture.

The Bank of Russia and the Greek Cypriot Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Invest in Russia agency and Greek Cypriot investment promotion agency also signed a memorandum of understanding.