Russia has granted Iceland a EUR 4 billion (USD 6 billion) loan, as Russia’s Ambassador to Iceland Victor I. Tatarintsev announced to Davíd Oddsson, chairman of Iceland’s Central Bank’s board of directors, this morning.
The decision has been confirmed by Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
According to ruv.is, Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde has been investigating the possibility of such a loan from Russia since mid-summer.
Experts from the Central Bank of Iceland and Iceland’s Prime Ministry will travel to Moscow shortly.
According to an announcement from the Central Bank, the loan from Russia will greatly strengthen Iceland’s foreign currency reserves and strengthen the basis of the Icelandic króna.