MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said he had agreed the refinancing of a $1 billion loan with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the issue would be discussed by the country’s prime ministers in talks on Thursday, the RIA news agency reported.
Lukashenko also said all of Belarus’ gold reserves had been returned home but did not give details, state news agency Belta reported.
He added that while there might be occasional shortages of cash at exchange points, authorities would not allow the Belarusian rouble to collapse and that there was “no catastrophe”.
Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky and Polina Ivanova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Sujata Rao
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