Dmitry Medvedev: Russia
Pledges $10B in Eurozone Aid
December 19, 2011
Russia says it is ready to commit
more than $10 billion to the International Monetary Fund to help support
the struggling eurozone economy.
Dmitry Medvedev made the pledge Thursday in Brussels during the biannual
EU-Russia summit. "We will abide by all the commitments being the
participant of the International Monetary Fund, and we are ready to
invest the necessary financial means to back the European economy and
the euro zone. We are ready to look at and consider other measures of
support," he said.
His economic adviser, Arkady Dvorkovich, earlier said $10 billion would
be the minimum commitment Russia would make. The offer follows last
week's summit of European leaders in which nearly all EU countries
pledged up to $200 billion in funds and loans to the IMF rescue fund.
Mr. Medvedev says 41 percent of Russia's currency reserves are invested
in euros, and that Russia is interested in seeing the European Union
preserved as a powerful economic and political force.
"Only Europe will be able to help Europe, but other countries should
provide conditions for Europe to liberate itself from the crisis burdens
as soon as possible and recover from this downturn as soon as possible,"
Thursday's summit gathered EU President Herman Van Rompuy, EU Commission
head Jose Manuel Barroso and Mr. Medvedev, among other officials, and
comes just days after Russia's much criticized parliamentary elections.
At a news conference after the summit, Van Rompuy criticized the vote,
saying the EU is concerned about irregularities, but he welcomed
Russia's pledge to monitor future polls.
On Friday, the World Trade Organization is set to approve Russia as a
member, after 18 years of trying to join.