Friday, October 20, 2017

Russia Sues Ukraine in London Court Over $3 Billion Default

Russia said it filed a lawsuit against Ukraine in the High Court in London after the government in Kiev defaulted on $3 billion in bonds. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP was hired to represent the government in Moscow in a case that will seek to recover the principal in...

Ukraine tests new shipping route to Asia bypassing Russia

Ukrainian authorities on Jan. 15 launched an experiment that may allow the country to bypass Russia completely when shipping goods to Asia. A demo container train sent from the Illichivsk Port to Kazakhstan is now testing the new trade route. The train will arrive in Kazakhstan in 12 days. On...

IMF rule change keeps Ukraine support; Russia complains

The International Monetary Fund will change its lending rules to allow it to keep supporting countries if they fail to repay official creditors, a move that would help Ukraine if it misses payments on a $3 billion debt to Russia. Russia's finance minister immediately criticized the decision. “The IMF's Executive Board...

Crimean Tatars gather in Ankara to discuss Ukrainian crisis

Nearly 200 Crimean Tatar nongovernmental organizations and civil society groups gathered in Ankara as part of the Second World Crimean Tatar Congress to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the situation of their brethren in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in February of last year. The meeting took...

Ukraine Fight Flares Again: U.S. Should Keep Arms And Troops At Home

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is under strain as Kiev presses the West for more financial and military aid. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns that full-scale war could explode “at any moment.” Yet many of his country’s young men are avoiding conscription into the no-win conflict. Americans’ sympathies should...

Russia’s Bond: It’s Official! (… and Private … and Anything Else It Wants to...

Ukraine's bond restructuring talks are in high gear, and, as ever, Russia is trouble du jour. Not only is it threatening to hold out in the bond deal and take Ukraine to arbitration, Russia also seems poised to block IMF disbursements to Ukraine using an arcane Fund policy on...

Convoy Brings U.S. Paratroopers To Ukraine For Training

VICENZA, Italy: Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Support Battalion arrived in Yavoriv, Ukraine April 10 via a ground convoy from here to deliver the brigade’s training equipment for Operation Fearless Guardian. Fearless Guardian is the name for the training of Ukraine’s newly-formed National Guard under the Congress-approved Global Contingency...

Russia-Ukraine gas talks in Berlin postponed

EU-brokered talks on gas security in Berlin have been rescheduled because too many issues remain open, the EU officials say. Ukraine is a crucial transit country for supplying western Europe with gas. A ministerial meeting on gas deliveries between Russia and Ukraine, planned for next week in the German capital,...

Ukraine Debt Rating Now Super-Duper Junk

When Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk took over the Prime Minister role in Ukraine, he said that his country was going to go through some austere, difficult times. He wasn’t kidding. With the economy expected to contract by 8% this year, and Western bailouts becoming its only salvation, the Ukrainian debt bomb ticks closer to a...

Dispute Between Poroshenko and Billionaire Governor Threaten Ukraine Alliance

MOSCOW — A dispute between President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine and the billionaire governor of one of the country’s regions over control of two state-owned energy companies widened Monday, confronting the new Ukrainian government with its most serious internal crisis since coming to power last year. Until the dispute...

Congress Demands War in Ukraine!

Just weeks after a European-brokered ceasefire greatly reduced the violence in Ukraine, the US House of Representatives today takes a big step toward re-igniting -- and expanding -- the bloody civil war. A Resolution, "Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial...

IMF Makes Ukraine War-Fighting Loan, Allows US to Fund Military Operations Against Russia, May...

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed on a scheme of war financing for Ukraine. For the first time, according to Fund sources, the IMF is not only violating its loan repayment conditions, but also the purposes and safeguards of the IMF’s original charter. IMF lending is barred for a...

In Ukraine, U.S interests are incompatible with the interests of the Russian Federation Stratfor...

George Friedman, the well-known American political scientist, recently visited Moscow. Stratfor, the private analytical and intelligence agency which he directs, is often referred to in the US as a "shadow CIA." In an interview with "Kommersant" he talked about what goals the United States is pursuing in Ukraine, and...

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