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    Ukraine has filed an objection against a Russian lawsuit over a $3-billion debt, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukraine has filed an objection against a Russian lawsuit over a $3-billion debt, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

    "Ukraine has filed an objection to the High Court of England against a claim made by The Law Debenture Trust Corporation PLC appealing against Ukraine in February 2016. The plaintiff is the trustee according to the document, which included the granting of a loan in the amount of $3 billion by the Russian Federation to Ukraine, which was a result of the conclusion of agreements reached by the government of former President [Viktor] Yanukovych with the Russian Federation in December 2013," the statement reads.

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry described the agreement as invalid and therefore non-binding.

    Moscow disagrees with Kiev's stance that the bond is part of an external commercial debt, arguing that the bond is a sovereign loan, provided by one country to another.

    Moscow has repeatedly stated that Ukraine's failure to pay back the debt by December 20, 2015, should be classified as a default.


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