MOSCOW, March 18 Russia's Finance Minister said
the euro zone's decision that Cyprus should introduce a levy on
bank deposits was taken without consultations with Moscow, a
move that may influence Russia's decision on easing loan terms
"We had an agreement with colleagues from the euro zone that
we'll coordinate our actions," Finance Minister Anton Siluanov
told Reuters on Monday.
"It turns out that the euro zone actions on the introduction
of the deposit levy took place without discussions with Russia,
so we will consider the issue of restructurisation of the
(Cyprus) loan taking into account our participation in the joint
actions with the European Union to help Cyprus."
European Union officials have said they expect Russia to
extend its 2.5 billion euro ($3.27 billion) loan to
debt-stricken Cyprus by five years until 2021 and possibly
refinance its terms.