Arbuzov Blames Ukrainians for Negative Trade Balance

Active buying of foreign currency by the population has led to the fact that the negative balance of payments of Ukraine in 2012 amounted to about $ 4 billion.

Thiswas stated by First Deputy Prime Minister Serhii Arbuzov on UkraineTV channel.

"This year, I think we have done very well. Theapproximate amount of the deficit - is $ 4 billion. For example,during the currency rate panic when I worked at the National Bank,the population bought $ 4 billion - about the same amount. And thenit stopped buying because they became confident that everything isin order. If people had not bought this $ 4 billion, then we wouldhave a positive balance," said Arbuzov.

According to him, in 2013, the improvement ofpayment balance is expected.

"We expect a negative payment balance next yearto be much lower than it was last year," saidArbuzov.

According to the State Statistics Service, thenegative trade balance of Ukraine for the first 9 months of 2012amounted to $ 6 billion 473.2 million, an increase of 1.6 timescompared to $ 3 billion 982.9 million for the same period lastyear.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n231944