Disinfo: The rotting capitalist West doesn't want to lend to the Ukrainian government

Summary

The IMF mission summed up the disappointing results of two-weeks work in Ukraine. The new IMF lending program to Ukraine has not yet been approved, because no one in the world, especially in the rotting capitalist West, wants to lend to the Ukrainian government. The official reasons for refusing a three-year loan are corruption, oligarchs and low economic growth rates.

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A recurring disinformation narrative the West and Ukraine.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Kyiv during 12-26 September, to hold discussions for the 2019 Article IV consultation with Ukraine. The mission also initiated discussions on a new programme that could be supported under the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

According to the official press release, while the IMF acknowledges Ukraine's shortcomings in the legal framework, pervasive corruption, and that large parts of the economy dominated by inefficient state-owned enterprises or by oligarchs, it still appreciated the progress made so far in setting up new institutions to fight corruption. The new programme was not rejected and is still being discussed before the final decision is taken.

"The mission has had productive discussions on policies for a new programme, especially on fiscal and monetary policies, as well as key reform measures. It also underscored the importance of central bank independence and safeguarding financial stability, as well as the need to make every effort to minimise the fiscal costs of bank resolutions. Discussions on the new programme will continue in the coming weeks," claims the document.

See here for more information about the relations between Ukraine and the IMF.

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  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, IMF
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