MOSCOW. March 5 (Interfax) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a resolution to make a $500 million loan available to Belarus.
"At Belarus' request we will make one more loan worth $500 million available to Belarus. The relevant resolution has been signed. I would ask the Finance Ministry to fulfill it quickly," Putin told the government presidium on Thursday.
The prime minister said that in 2008 Russia extended a $1 billion stabilization loan to Belarus, while Gazprom (RTS: GAZP) paid over $1.2 billion for Beltransgaz shares.