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BREAKING: Russia Made Its $117 Million Eurobond Interest Payment To Citibank

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Russia has disclosed that it has made payment for the country’s $117 Million Eurobond Interest Payment To the United States bank, Citibank.

Brand News Day reports that this was made known by Russia’s Finance Ministry Anton Siluanov that a $117 million interest payment due on two bonds has been made to Citibank in London.

This took place after the surging rumours that Russia is on the verge of defaulting the payment of the Eurobond Interest Payment to the UK.

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Recall that Russia has been denied access to its foreign reserves, Russia Finance Minister Siluanov said the country would make the payment in rubles, who in turn outlined a process that entails transferring cash into local accounts.

Russia Eurobond Interest Payment To Citibank

 

The ministry who made this disclosure during talks with Bloomberg, stated that it will comment separately later on whether the payment had been credited. Citibank is Russia’s Eurobond payment agent.

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BrandNewsDay Nigeria had reported that Russia’s finance ministry said a temporary mechanism for repaying foreign currency debt had been approved but warned that payments would be made in roubles if banks were unable to honour debts in the currency of issue due to sanctions.

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However, making a settlement in a currency other than the dollar within the grace period, according to Fitch Ratings, would be regarded as a default. Earlier this month, S&P Global Ratings made a similar conclusion.

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The rating can be lowered to default by rating agencies, or the problem can be decided by a court. Bondholders with credit default swaps derivatives, which operate as anti-default insurance plans, can petition a “determinations committee” of financial firm representatives to assess whether a failure to pay should trigger a payout, which is still not a formal declaration of default.

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What you should know about Russia Eurobond Interest Payment To Citibank

  • As a result of Western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the country has been cut off from key sections of the global financial markets, creating the country’s worst economic crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • The coupons on the two notes were to be honoured by the end of business on Wednesday. If it does not do so within the grace period, it will be the first time since the Bolsheviks rejected the Czar’s debts in 1918 that the country has defaulted on its obligations to international creditors.
  • These bonds are subject to a 30-day grace period. Credit rating agencies will most likely deem Moscow in default if it does not make a payment, and bondholders will begin to bargain.

 

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