Greece's international creditors
seemed likely on Friday to withhold instant approval for its
plan to put mandated pension cuts on hold next year, as they
wrapped up their first post-bailout inspection of the country's
European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker has urged Switzerland to quickly wrap up
negotiations on a new bilateral treaty, saying time is running
out as attention turns to the crunch phase of Brexit talks.
Ukraine has started talks with the
International Monetary Fund on a new standby agreement that
would replace the current $17.5 billion assistance programme,
the president's parliamentary representative Iryna Lutsenko told
reporters on Friday.
Ukraine hopes to reach an
agreement with the International Monetary Fund next week about
resuming cooperation, Central Bank Governor Yakiv Smoliy said on
Friday, adding that expectation of an agreement had helped calm
the foreign exchange market.