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    Russian govt proposes spending cuts in view of crisis
    Jan28

    Russian govt proposes spending cuts in view of crisis

    Russia’s economy has been battered by lower energy prices, a collapse in the value of the ruble and Western sanctions over its involvement in Ukraine. Speaking at the upper house of the Russian parliament, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that the government does not expect oil prices to go back to $100 a barrel so “we and our...

    U.S. Signs $2 Billion Loan Agreement With Ukraine, Offers To Increase Pressure On Russia
    Jan28

    U.S. Signs $2 Billion Loan Agreement With Ukraine, Offers To Increase Pressure On Russia

    KIEV, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday signed an agreement providing war-torn Ukraine with $2 billion in loan guarantees to help it with “near-term social spending” in 2015 and said it was prepared to step up sanctions against Russia if necessary. After signing the loan agreement with Ukrainian Finance Minister...

    Political Risk Analysts See Ukraine as a Risky Bet Over the Next 10 Years
    Jan28

    Political Risk Analysts See Ukraine as a Risky Bet Over the Next 10 Years

    Subject to Western sanctions and accused of stirring instability, Russia is, unsurprisingly, a bad bet for global investors. A new analysis out Wednesday concludes that a $100 investment in Russia over 10 years would lose $30 to political turmoil. But Russia’s chief victim in nearly a year of strife, Ukraine, is an even riskier place to...

    U.S. loans Ukraine $2B, says more Russian sanctions could occur
    Jan28

    U.S. loans Ukraine $2B, says more Russian sanctions could occur

    The United States on Wednesday signed an agreement providing war-torn Ukraine with $2 billion in loan guarantees to help it with “near-term social spending” in 2015 and said it was prepared to step up sanctions against Russia if necessary. …read more Source:...

    Russia’s new ambassador faces ‘loudspeaker diplomacy’ over Ukraine
    Jan28

    Russia’s new ambassador faces ‘loudspeaker diplomacy’ over Ukraine

    Just two months on the job, the Russian Federation’s new ambassador, Alexander Darchiev, faces some difficult challenges in Canada-Russian relations that had not, save for the last year, dominated the decade-long posting of the previous ambassador, Georgiy Mamedov. read more …read more Source:...

    Back to Parliament: Legislation
    Jan28

    Back to Parliament: Legislation

    Foreign policy continues to dominate the headlines in Canada, but for all the focus on hotspots like Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, only a few outstanding pieces of legislation brought forward by the government have implications for international affairs. Energy, the economy and anti-terrorism are the primary focus of these bills. Expect more...

    Rights Group: Worldwide Democratic Freedoms at Historic Low
    Jan28

    Rights Group: Worldwide Democratic Freedoms at Historic Low

    The international rights group Freedom House said Wednesday that the prospect of an international system built on democratic ideals is under greater threat now than at any point in the past quarter-century. Freedom House said in its annual roundup Wednesday that the state of democracy in 2014 was “exceptionally grim.” Syria ranked the...

    Russian spies center stage in ‘The Americans’
    Jan28

    Russian spies center stage in ‘The Americans’

    New York (AFP) – The Cold War is officially over, so the concept of husband-and-wife KGB operatives killing, lying and spying in Washington — under the nose of their FBI agent neighbor — may seem a bit far-fetched.But the arrest this week of a suspected Russian agent posing as a New York banker lends new relevance to “The...

    Poroshenko Urges Putin To Release Savchenko
    Jan28

    Poroshenko Urges Putin To Release Savchenko

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to release the jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Obama, Merkel Discuss Rising Ukraine Violence
    Jan28

    Obama, Merkel Discuss Rising Ukraine Violence

    U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken about the “significant increase in violence” in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...