March 12, 2015 / 2:31 PM / 3 years ago

Ukraine expects additional $5 billion from IMF this year - finance minister

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko said on Thursday that Kiev expects additional tranche of a new four-year International Monetary Fund programme of more than $5 billion (3.3 billion pounds) this year.

Yaresko told a press conference that the IMF will review the programme in May-June.

“I cannot say for now when the second tranche will happen,” Yaresko said.

She added that the U.S. law firm White & Case will be advising Kiev on debt restructuring and that she hopes a solution will be found within two months.

“I‘m an optimist,” she said.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Polina Devitt

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