Russia will overcome its economic problems "on its own but the International Monetary Fund may give it a backing in case of need", Vice-Premier and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said to journalists. Asked by journalists to comment on the president's statement that Russia would like to participate in a three-year programme of interaction with the IMF, Kudrin said that "what is meant is a coordinated forecast of Russia's economic development in three years to come". "In case of a worsening economic situation in Russia in general owing to external causes", the IMF could back up the Russian economy, said the vice-premier. Kudrin recalled that Russia and the IMF have no special programme which intends lending for this year.
By summer, the Russian army may break through Ukrainian defences, reach Odessa and liberate Transnistria. The West will only “condemn” Russia's actions and continue supporting Chisinau in words