CENTRAL ASIAN BLOG: Turkmenistan boxes itself into a corner

CENTRAL ASIAN BLOG: Turkmenistan boxes itself into a corner

By cutting off supplies to Iran, Ashgabat has simply strengthened China's leverage on the price of its gas exports.

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After the smooth talking come the bumps in US-Russian road

After the smooth talking come the bumps in US-Russian road

After much cautious mutual deference shown by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the incoming US administration is already signalling a tougher stance on some key issues. Russia is holding its fire - for now.

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Slim chance for Transnistria conflict settlement

Slim chance for Transnistria conflict settlement

Moldova's pursuit of EU accession has widened divisions with its breakaway region.

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Currency weakness means trouble for Turkey’s indebted private sector

Currency weakness means trouble for Turkey’s indebted private sector

As companies rush to cut their unhedged FX liabilities, economic growth could be further depressed.

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Goldman, Citigroup locked out as Russian investment banking fees surge to post-sanctions high

Goldman, Citigroup locked out as Russian investment banking fees surge to post-sanctions high

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are among Western investment banks in Moscow losing out as fees from deal-making jumped to their highest level in three years.

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A tale of two countries: Russia vs Ukraine in 2017

A tale of two countries: Russia vs Ukraine in 2017

Russia and Ukraine are in focus, as both are expected to begin their recoveries. But the view and situation of the two foes is very different: pundits are probably overly optimistic about Ukraine and overly pessimistic about Russia.

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COLCHIS: Nato’s return on investment

COLCHIS: Nato’s return on investment

Trump appears to have little sense of Nato’s history or purpose. It was formed not merely as a military bulwark against an aggressive Soviet Russia, but as part of a positive agenda to secure and expand a liberal, democratic space.

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Ukraine elites locked in dispute over ‘red lines’ in conflict with Russia

Ukraine elites locked in dispute over ‘red lines’ in conflict with Russia

An oligarch’s call for “painful compromises with Russia” has triggered a storm of accusations among Kyiv-based pro-Western activists, reformers and some lawmakers about surrender.

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Inflation worries may force Turkey’s central bank to raise rates

Inflation worries may force Turkey’s central bank to raise rates

Vicious cycle of inflation and depreciation could hurt an already slowing economy.

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