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Yanukovych Meets Putin for Loan Talks Amid Protests

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is seeking as much as $15 billion in loans during a visit to Moscow today, while anti-government protesters in Kiev reject closer ties with the country’s former Soviet master.

Ukraine’s leader is meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin as his country is gripped by the biggest rallies in almost a decade. Russia’s Finance Ministry said yesterday it’s in talks about a loan for Ukraine, which is struggling with its third recession since 2008 and foreign-currency reserves at a seven-year low. The negotiations are for a loan of as much as $15 billion, two people familiar with the talks said.