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.