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Japan says hard to confirm impact from Russia's debt default

Economy Jun 27, 2022 10:26PM ET
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TOKYO (Reuters) -Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Tuesday that it was "a little difficult" at present to confirm the definite impact on Japan from Russia's debt default.

Suzuki, who commented on the issue after being asked about it by reporters at a news conference following a regular cabinet meeting, added that any moves in Russian government bonds were likely to have a limited impact on Japanese investors.

"The ratio of investments in Russia as part of Japan's overall foreign bond investments is limited," Suzuki said.

"Moves in Russian government bonds are likely to result in limited direct losses for Japanese investors, including financial institutions," he said.

The White House and Moody's (NYSE:MCO) credit agency on Monday said Russia had defaulted on its international bonds for the first time in more than a century.

The Kremlin, which has the money to make payments thanks to oil and gas revenues, has rejected the claims that it has defaulted on its external debt.

Japan says hard to confirm impact from Russia's debt default
 

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jun 27, 2022 10:39PM ET
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Just to be clear, the default is do to western sanctions restricting Russia's ability to pay, just as the run up in the price of oil is do to western sanctions.  Whether a person agrees with western sanctions or not, one has to admit they are sacrifices western citizens are willingly making in hopes of also harming Russia's economy.
 
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