“June 20 is a Saturday, so the payment is likely to come on Monday, June 22. Failure to pay would mean default,” Storchak said in an interview with Russia-1 television.
In light of budget constraints and absence of access to capital markets, Russia “has to insist that the debtor fully complies with its obligations,” he said, noting, however, that failing to make a timely payment is not in the interests of Ukraine as a sovereign debtor.
“Therefore, I believe that the payment will be made.”
According to Storchak, Ukrainian borrowers owe Russian banks a total of about $25-26 billion.