Interview with Evsey Gurvich
Russia Today: Could you explain why Russia is doing this?
Evsey Gurvich: The major objective is just to support development of Afghanistan as well as we do with other less developed countries to reduce poverty.
RT: You have mentioned other countries – could you give us a few examples where Russia is providing debt relief to other countries, other than Afghanistan?
RT: You say there is an economic initiative here, but countries such as Afghanistan is in turmoil. Surely the benefits from this event long-term, it is going to be a long way off before Russia sees any benefit?
E.G.: Yes, but benefits are not only of economic nature. Debt relief is a part of official development assistance and I could mention the new guidelines of official development assistance, adopted by the Russian government and Russia regards official development assistance as a way to improve relations with all partner countries and to contribute to international safety and well-being.
RT: Would the development programme involve also providing financial aid rather than just forgetting about the country's debt?
E.G.: Financial aid is provided by the IMF.
RT: And just finally, Russia will benefit from this state relief, as you say, in a long-term. Is Russia in any way setting an example to other countries, in actually this case with Afghanistan, working off a massive, very big debt?
E.G.: Yes, Afghanistan's debt is one of the largest and we look forward that the remaining part of the debt will be repaid by Afghanistan when they get better.