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Published: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 10:50:02 PM
Updated: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 10:51:02 PM

IMF's Lagarde says no need to panic on Ukraine aid request

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde takes a question at a news conference during the G20 Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers annual meeting in Sydney, in this February 23, 2014 file photograph. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde takes a question at a news conference during the G20 Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers annual meeting in Sydney, in this February 23, 2014 file photograph. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday that there was no need to "panic" in terms of delivering economic aid to Ukraine.

"We do not see anything that is critical, that is worthy of panic at the moment," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told reporters. "We would certainly hope that the (Ukrainian) authorities refrain from throwing lots of numbers which are really meaningless until they've been assessed properly."

She spoke at the German embassy in Washington after a breakfast with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

(Reporting by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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