President Vladimir Putin has told his government to negotiate the restructuring of a Russian bailout loan to Cyprus, his spokesman has said.
The announcement signals Moscow's support for a €10 billion bailout, despite concern that Russian depositors in Cyprus could take losses as a result.
Cyprus had requested an extension of an existing €2.5 billion Russian loan, and a reduction in the interest it charges to 2.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent. Talks last week failed to agree on a restructuring.
Cyprus' rescue deal has sent shivers through southern Europe after a key eurozone figure said it would be a model for future bailouts.
The future is uncertain for the people who must live with the consequences of Cyprus' "painful" bailout deal.
The Dutch Finance Minister has said the bank levy 'bail-in' on large depositors "pushes back the risks" from the rest of the eurozone.