Ukraine expects first tranche of $3 billion from IMF aid package
KIEV, March 28
KIEV, March 28 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund and Ukraine are discussing disbursement of $3 billion in the first tranche of a $14-18 billion bailout package, Ukraine's finance minister said on Friday.
"They (the IMF) are ready today to talk about (disbursing) a first tranche of $3 billion, of which half will go to the National Bank and half to the state budget," the minister, Oleksander Shlapak, told journalists on the margins of a government meeting.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing By Richard Balmforth)