During a television interview on Saturday, President Alberto Fernández asked the International Monetary Fund to extend the payment period of the nation's line of credit beyond 10 years. Fernández said the fund should recognize the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic in Argentina and review the terms of the nation's $ 45 billion loan. In the interview, Fernández agreed with Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said last week that Argentina cannot pay its debt with the Fund, the country's largest creditor, under current negotiating conditions. President Fernández argued that the problem is not to pay, but to figure out how to create a payment mechanism that extends the term as long as possible and that does not "make us suffer as a society." The comments also come on the heels of discussions between Economy Minister Martin Guzmán and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva in Washington last week, which both sides described as a "very good meeting." Following CFK's comments, prospects for an agreement between Argentina and the IMF have cooled down and moved past mid-term elections on October.