Russia: Emergency fund planned for companies hurt by sanctions

Yesterday, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced that a new multi-billion dollar emergency fund would be created to counteract the effects of Western sanctions with a state funded stimulus. The bailout fund will last at least through next year, despite allegations by Russian authorities that sanctions would have little to no effect on the Russian…

Ukraine: NATO Begins to Supply Arms to Government

Ukrainian defense minister Valery Heletey announced on Sunday that NATO would begin delivering weapons to government forces to, as he put it, “stop” Vladimir Putin. Heletey said he had discussed the supply agreements with NATO defense ministers during the summit in Wales during the first week of September. NATO statements described the shipments as “non-lethal.”…

Afghanistan: Ghani Rejects Unity Government

The outcome of the Afghan presidential elections appears destined to be delayed, at least in the near-term.  Despite recent statements made by both candidates to the contrary, a resolution to the oft-delayed elections seems unlikely to arrive soon, as Ashraf Ghani recently declared that any “two headed government” cannot be tolerated. The negotiations for an…

Russia: Energy talks with Iran could undermine nuclear deal

Russia is currently engaged in negotiations with Iran on “energy development.” Encapsulated in a recently announced agreement to build two nuclear power plants in Iranian territory last week after Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif visited Moscow. This past Monday, Iran’s negotiator for nuclear talks, Abbas Aragchi, expressed his extreme disappointment with the Obama administration adding…