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    Russian govt details spending cuts in view of crisis
    Jan28

    Russian govt details spending cuts in view of crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs. Russia’s economy has been battered by lower energy prices, a collapse in the value of the ruble and Western...

    Kremlin: Ukraine gas networks idled by 2019
    Jan28

    Kremlin: Ukraine gas networks idled by 2019

    Daniel J. GraeberVIENNA, Jan. 28 (UPI) — European natural gas consumers need to prepare the infrastructure needed to avoid Ukrainian territory by 2019, an official from Russia’s Gazprom said Wednesday. …read more Source: United Press...

    Freedom declines worldwide as terrorism, authoritarianism rise
    Jan28

    Freedom declines worldwide as terrorism, authoritarianism rise

    NEW YORK – Global freedom has suffered a disturbing decline with 60 per cent of the world’s population, or 2.6 billion people, living in countries that are not completely free, according to a report released Wednesday. Freedom House’s annual study which evaluated the state of freedom in 195 countries and 15 territories determined that...

    Here’s What’s Really Behind Greece’s Complicated Relationship With Russia
    Jan28

    Here’s What’s Really Behind Greece’s Complicated Relationship With Russia

    Back in 2013 the Greek government under then prime minister Antonis Samaras was attempting to implement a package of reforms that included the sale of state-owned assets to the private sector. Among these one of the perceived “jewels in the crown” was Greek gas firm Depa, which was purportedly being targeted by Russian gas giant...

    How Ukraine’s outgunned ‘cyborgs’ lost Donetsk airport
    Jan28

    How Ukraine’s outgunned ‘cyborgs’ lost Donetsk airport

    The Ukrainian platoon commander sat in a burned-out armored vehicle on the edge of the Donetsk airport runway with the body of his comrade in the driver’s seat next to him. He could hear the separatist fighters who had killed the man just yards away in the thick fog. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Obama’s Foreign Policy Pronouncements Undone by Reality
    Jan28

    Obama’s Foreign Policy Pronouncements Undone by Reality

    President Obama’s foreign policy pronouncements all over the world either aren’t holding up or just don’t reflect reality, a new essay by Commentary‘s Peter Wehner points out. At his State of the Union, Obama bragged about his leadership against Russia and his support for Ukraine’s democracy just as more horrific violence...

    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...

    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. 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:...

    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...