Sanctions drive Russia to first foreign debt default since 1918



Jun 27, 2022 06:52 am

Russia has ''defaulted on its foreign-currency sovereign debt for the first time in a century, the culmination of ever-tougher Western sanctions that shut down payment routes to overseas creditors.  


For months, the country found paths around the penalties imposed after the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. But at the end of the day on Sunday, the grace period on about $100 million of snared interest payments due May 27 expired, a deadline considered an event of default if missed.''


Defaulting nations usually find it impossible to borrow any more money, but Russia is already effectively barred from borrowing in Western markets by sanctions.


Investors have expected Russia to default for months, so this comes as no surprise and that has not been a reaction in the markets so far.