KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine risks reversing progress made under a $17.5 billion aid-for-reforms programme from the International Monetary Fund, IMF first deputy managing director David Lipton was quoted as saying on Friday, urging the government to improve anti-graft efforts.

"There are risks of going backwards," Lipton told online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda in an interview during a visit to Kiev to meet Ukrainian authorities.

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"We certainly agree that the creation of an anti-corruption court is an important next step. We encourage the government to do that."

(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Alison Williams)