Ukraine had expected the third tranche, worth $1.7 billion, by
the end of this year. Gontareva said it might now receive the
fourth tranche, also of $1.7 billion, at the same time as the
"Regarding the IMF tranche. The budget was recently adopted ...
all other pre-conditions have been already met. Therefore, we
expect that the (IMF) board will meet at the end of next month,"
Gontareva told a news conference.
"I see no obstacles from receiving the third and fourth tranches."
Ukraine's foreign currency reserves have remained roughly stable
at $13.3 billion from $13.1 billion as of Dec. 1, she said.
Parliament last week approved a budget for 2016, a major
condition to secure the next tranche of financial aid under a
$17.5 billion IMF loan package as the country teeters on the
edge of bankruptcy.
Parliament backed the government's proposal to adopt the budget
with the deficit at 3.7 percent of GDP, the figure agreed with
Ukraine has already received about $11 billion this year from
the IMF and other international lenders to shore up its
finances, which were crippled by separatist conflict and years
of economic mismanagement and corruption.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Louise Ireland)
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