KIEV Dec 21 Ukraine's parliament approved a
budget for 2017 on Wednesday, raising its chance of securing
more aid from the International Monetary Fund under a $17.5
billion loan package.
It keeps the budget deficit at 3 percent of gross domestic
product in line with the IMF programme's requirements.
Ahead of the parliament vote in the small hours of Wednesday
morning, Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk called it a
"realistic" budget, adding: "Please support it and give impetus
(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Editing by Matthias Williams and