Russia is ready to talk about helping out Ukraine financially – but only if Ukraine recognizes the annexation of Crimea, Russia's finance minister told CNBC.
Anton Siluanov also rejected suggestions that Russia was trying to force the Ukrainian government's hand via hiking gas prices paid to Russian state-backed gas company Gazprom.
"We need to fulfil our contractual obligations. If you think this is coercion – well, I disagree," he told CNBC at the International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington, D.C.
He added that there were several conditions for Russia to help its neighbor out financially.
"These conditions are the constitutional reform that is due to be carried away in Ukraine. Presidential elections under the new constitution, recognition of the results of the Crimea referendum, and a peaceful resolution to the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine," Siluanov said.