Several waves of Western sanctions against
Moscow for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis have limited
access to foreign capital for Russia's largest banks and key oil
Some companies have asked the government for help, including the
country's top-oil producer Rosneft <ROSN.MM> which said it would
need 1.5 trillion roubles ($39.70 billion) in aid.
Siluanov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies that the
decision to stop transferring money to the Pension Fund would
hand the budget an extra 309 billion roubles ($8.18 billion).
He said not all of that sum would go into the anti-crisis fund,
but that it would also receive at least 100 billion roubles of
money left over in this year's budget.
"This 100 billion roubles will be added to the (anti-crisis)
reserve next year, which will allow us to help our companies,"
RIA news agency citied Siluanov as saying.
"We are planning to create a reserve of a significant size."
It was not clear how big the fund would be.
It will be the second year running that Moscow has stopped
transfers of funds from the budget to the Pension Fund, which
provides benefits for Russia's pensioners, some invalids and
families who have lost their breadwinners.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)
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