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03:37 GMT +3 hours22 December 2014
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Sberbank to Sign Belaruskali $1 Bln Finance Deal

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Sberbank, Russia's largest lender, will sign a $1 billion credit refinance agreement on Tuesday with Belarusian potash producer Belaruskali, the bank's President German Gref said.

Sberbank, Russia's largest lender, will sign a $1 billion credit refinance agreement on Tuesday with Belarusian potash producer Belaruskali, the bank's President German Gref said.

"We are discussing the question of refinancing our credit with Belaruskali, and hope to sign a protocol after lunch with the Belarusian Prime Minister," Gref said after a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Belaruskali management had previously declared its intention to sign a refinancing agreement by September 20.

The main part of the loan, $800 million, will be used to refinance the firm's long-term hard-currency debts.

Sberbank is also studying the possibiity of investing in development of potash reserves in Belarus, Gref said.

"We are looking at the possibility of investing in in development of potash reserves," Gref said. "We are actively studying a business plan at present," he added.