Bernanke, Lew say debt impasse to end by Oct 17 -Russia fin min

October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told their counterparts of the G20 group of economies on Thursday that the standoff over the U.S. debt ceiling will be resolved by Oct. 17, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said.

The U.S. Treasury has said it could quickly run out of cash if the cap on U.S. borrowing authority is not raised by Oct. 17.

"Colleagues from the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve have said that they hope to solve the issue soon. They said that the problem will be solved by the 17th," Siluanov told reporters after a dinner with G20 counterparts gathering on the sidelines of the IMF/World Bank meetings.

"It's an important issue for everyone. Both Lew and Bernanke believe that these difficulties can be overcome soon," Siluanov added.