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Cyprus looks for Russian help

FXstreet.com (San Francisco) - The Cypriot government has decided to ask Russia for help to try to avoid its financial collapse. The decision comes after the Tuesday rejection of the EU bailout and its terms including the bank-deposit levy.

The Russian finance minister said that Cyprus has asked for a new €5Bn loan in addition of the delay in the payments, with lower interests, of the current €2.5Bn loan signed between Russia and Cyprus.

Finance minister Sarris said that despite they haven't reached an agreement, the talks will continued in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Joerg Asmussen said that the ECB offer is not perennial and Cyprus must accept it soon, otherwise they will removed the help.

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