Moody’s downgrades Turkey’s rating to B2, negative outlook

PARIS (AP) — Credit ratings agency Moody’s has cut Turkey’s debt ratings and said it maintained a negative outlook on the country.

Moody’s Investors Services said in a statement late on Friday that it downgraded the Turkish government’s issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings to B2 from B1. It cited a potential balance of payment crisis, institutional problems and the erosion of fiscal buffers in Turkey.

“Turkey’s foreign-currency reserves have been drifting downward for years on both a gross and a net basis but are now at a multi-decade low as a percentage of GDP because of the central bank’s unsuccessful attempts to defend the lira since the beginning of 2020,” the ratings agency said.

The statement also attributed the downgrade to “elevated levels of geopolitical risk,” including relations with the United States (US) and the European Union (EU).