SYDNEY Feb 23 Russia will delay the planned
purchase of $2 billion Ukrainian eurobonds until a new
government is formed Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov
said on Sunday, after weeks of protests led to the overthrow of
the Ukrainian government.
The purchase was to be the second tranche of a $15-billion
loan plan agreed in December between Russian President Vladimir
Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.
"Last week we spoke about the purchase of $2 billion of
Ukrainian eurobonds. But since then the political situation
there has changed dramatically. Now we must wait until a new
government is formed before a decision can be made about that,"
Siluanov told a smalll group of reporters in Sydney.
Ukraine's parliament voted on Saturday to remove Yanukovich,
who abandoned his Kiev office to protesters and denounced what
he described as a coup after a week of fighting in the streets
of the capital.