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    Ukrainian Parliament Passes 2017 Budget With 3% Deficit

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    The Ukrainian parliament early on Wednesday approved the country's state budget for 2017 with a deficit of 3 percent GDP.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The budget was approved with 274 out of 450 votes in favor, with a minimum threshold of 226 votes.

    The first reading of the draft was held on Tuesday. The Ukrainian government based the budget on a 8.1 percent inflation forecast. The country's President Petro Poroshenko insisted on a $5.1 billion defense budget, coming to 5 percent GDP, up from $4.3 billion.

    This year's budget was approved in December 2015 and had a deficit of 3.7 percent GDP with an inflation rate of 12 percent.

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