CDS committee closes Russia April payments case -statement

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FILE PHOTO: A picture illustration shows Russian rouble banknotes of various denominations on a table in Warsaw

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The EMEA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee said on Friday it closed the case looking into whether credit default swaps would be paid to holders of Russian debt after Russia paid its obligations.

    Russia last week avoided a default, announcing it had paid nearly $650 million it owed in coupons and principal to holders of two bonds, ahead of a grace period expiry on May 4.

The payments had initially been made in rubles, potentially breaching the contract, which triggered the opening of the CDS case.

Focus now shifts to May 27, when payments are due on a dollar-denominated bond issued in 2016, and a euro-denominated bond issued in 2021. Payment falls after the May 25 expiry of a temporary license issued by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which permits transactions related to Russian sovereign debt payments.

Russian payments of its foreign sovereign debt have become an issue after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine all but cut it from the international bank settling network. About half of its $600 billion in reserves is also frozen.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)