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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berger: Moscow Not Up to Mark




SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Russia has not met the economic criteria needed to be eligible for more money from the International Monetary Fund, Sandy Berger, head of the U.S. National Security Council, said Monday.


Asked if the United States would support paying the next $640 installment of an IMF loan to Russia, Berger said, "First of all, Russia hasn't met the economic conditions for further distribution of IMF money so the question is really premature.


"We will look at this, as we always do, based on our overall national interests. We don't want to be counterproductive to democracy and stability in Russia," Berger said.


He is accompanying U.S. President Bill Clinton on a European trip.


Russia was initially to have received the $640 million installment from the IMF in October.