WASHINGTON Dec 19 International Monetary Fund
Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday she phoned
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to commend him on the
government's decision to nationalize Privatbank, calling it a
"major step forward" in safeguarding financial stability.
"I also assured him that the IMF will continue to support
Ukraine in its efforts to maintain macroeconomic stability and
advance reforms to achieve strong and sustainable economic
growth," Lagarde said in a statement.
(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Dan Grebler)