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Putin, Macron to meet for French-Russian talks before G-7

19.08.2019 4:07

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting in southern France to discuss the world's major crises, including Ukraine, Iran and Syria, and try to improve Moscow's relations with the European Union. Macron has invited Putin on Monday afternoon to his summer residence, the Fort de Bregancon on the French Riviera, for a meeting followed by dinner, just a few days before opening a meeting of the Group of Seven nations in the French city of Biarritz with U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders. France holds the 2019 presidency of the G-7, which also includes Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Ukraine push on Macron's agenda for Putin visit ahead of G7

18.08.2019 16:23

French President Emmanuel Macron will attempt to convince Russia to accept Ukraine’s overtures of dialogue when he meets Vladimir Putin for talks on Monday ahead of a G7 summit.


Suspected online dope-dealer back in Israel after extradition

18.08.2019 9:29

A man accused of operating a large drug-dealing ring on a popular messaging app appeared in an Israeli court Sunday after his extradition from Ukraine, where he had previously sought to escape. Amos Dov Silver, an Israeli-American, was taken to court in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv after his arrival from Ukraine, police said. Authorities in Ukraine said Saturday they had captured Silver a day after he escaped from the airport while he was being extradited.


Putin’s Iconoclastic Economics Guru to Lose Kremlin Post

16.08.2019 3:34

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. An economist known for challenging Russia’s tight-money policies as a top adviser to President Vladimir Putin is leaving the Kremlin after seven years.Sergei Glazyev will switch to the Eurasian Economic Commission that oversees relations between member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, comprising Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, a commission spokesman said Friday. His appointment as minister for integration and macroeconomics is planned to be confirmed formally at a summit of leaders of member states on October 1.Glazyev alarmed investors over the years with calls for massive state spending, abandoning the dollar and restoring capital controls to boost economic development. He was a forthright advocate in the Kremlin of using state power to direct growth in Russia’s economy, in opposition to rivals such as former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin who favored more market-led approaches.“Glazyev’s role in the Kremlin was to make sure there’s a vocal alternative to the liberals, so they don’t feel like they’re the masters of the financial-economic bloc,” said Andrei Kolesnikov, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Glazyev “firmly believes in the effectiveness of massive government spending,” he said.Two advisers to Glazyev declined to comment on his move. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also declined to comment.As a member of Putin’s economic council in 2016, Glazyev developed an “alternative” program to the econonic plan then being developed by Kudrin, that called for a defense of the ruble to ensure a more stable exchange rate and using domestic sources of investment including refinancing instruments to pump up to 5 trillion rubles into modernizing the economy.‘Colossal Damage’He argued the same year that the central bank’s shift in 2014 to a free-floating exchange rate, a move hailed by the International Monetary Fund and investors, had dealt “colossal damage” to Russia. Glazyev has also suggested in the past that Russia should liquidate its dollar reserves.Glazyev, 58, is under U.S. and European Union sanctions for his role in the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. He suggested in 2017 that cryptocurrencies could be a way for Russian banks to avoid international sanctions as well as a method that the state could use to buy “sensitive” services around the world.Glazyev has past experience of working on economic coordination with the bloc of former Soviet republics. When Putin named him as an adviser in 2012, Glazyev’s brief was to develop the customs union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan that later evolved into the Eurasian Union that took effect as a single market in 2015.A former minister in the late President Boris Yeltsin’s 1992-93 government that administered “shock therapy” to the collapsing Soviet economy under Yegor Gaidar’s reforms, Glazyev broke with his pro-market allies and went on to become a leader of the nationalist Rodina party. He ran against Putin for the presidency in 2004, coming third with 4.1%.To contact the reporters on this story: Evgenia Pismennaya in Moscow at [email protected];Stepan Kravchenko in Moscow at [email protected] contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at [email protected], Tony HalpinFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Trial Opens for Former Obama Aide Accused of Lying About Foreign Lobbying

15.08.2019 19:38

Lawyers for Gregory B. Craig said their client never intended to deceive Justice Department officials about his work on behalf of Ukraine’s government.


Former Trump staffers consulting for president’s reelect

15.08.2019 13:54

Pelosi meets with pro-USMCA groups — Biden’s brother got half-million-dollar loan from Ukraine-linked donor


Donor with deep Ukraine ties lent $500,000 to Biden’s brother

15.08.2019 5:02

The mortgage came as the vice president was leading the response to Russia’s takeover of Crimea.


As troops pull out, Ukraine frontline village fears for future

14.08.2019 23:26

August 15, 2019 11:26 AM
KIEV, UKRAINE (AFP) - While Ukrainian troops were stationed in her village, Ms Anna felt safe despite living on the frontline of a war that has claimed thousands of lives over the last five years.

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Ukraine protests Putin's trip to motorcycle show in Crimea

11.08.2019 20:30

Russian president attended a pro-Kremlin motorcycle club's annual festival.


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