In late September, Russia's Vnesheconombank said it had fully repaid the Soviet debt to China, at the request of the Finance Ministry.
"In accordance with the intergovernmental agreement, part of Russia's debt to China in the amount of 50.16 million Swiss francs [$52 million] was repaid via deliveries of Russian industrial products, as well as the implementation of research and development in the field of medicine, the other part in cash," the Russian Finance Ministry said in a statement.
The payment was made on September 24, according to the ministry.
Last month, Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Oreshkin said that country's external debt was being phased out. He forecast that by October external debt would likely be reduced by some $50 billion, under current rapid repayment.