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Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister says Greece can easily receive financing from BRICS

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MOSCOW, July 7. /TASS/. Greece can easily receive financing from the New Development Bank established by BRICS, Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak said on Tuesday.

According to him, it will be enough for Greece to buy a couple of shares of the bank to be eligible for funding. He added that this would require a political decision.

"If they buy, so to speak, a few shares and become members of the bank, they will be able to count on the resources. We do not have any co-relation between a contribution and an amount of funding. There is general agreement that the system of the countries’ assets will be balanced," said Storchak.

The Deputy Finance Minister also said that the admission of a new member to the current system is always a political decision.

"Greeks happened to be first who got interested in BRICS bank. As soon as the Institute starts operating, the board of directors will prepare and the board of governors will approve the procedure to consider membership applications from new candidates," he stressed.

Storchak said he "sees no problems" with the approval of Greece’s possible application.

"I do not see any problem if all five governments order their governors to uphold [Greece’s request]," he said.

BRICS New Development Bank

BRICS member-states established the New Development Bank by an agreement signed on July 15, 2014 in Brazil. The institution was set up to finance infrastructure projects and sustainable development of these and other developing countries.

The new bank will start operating in April of 2016. Its charter capital will amount initially to $50 bln with further growth to $100 bln. The bank will start operating in dollars and then move to a basket of currencies. The bank is headquartered in Shanghai, China.