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COMMENT: Poland hosts fractious US-Israeli anti-Iran summit

COMMENT: Poland hosts fractious US-Israeli anti-Iran summit

On February 13-14, the “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East” conference was held in Warsaw at the initiative of Poland and the United States, and gathered representatives from 62 countries.

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Ukraine comedian Zelensky lead in the presidential election polls increases

Ukraine comedian Zelensky lead in the presidential election polls increases

Electoral support for Ukrainian comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s presidential candidacy is growing, according to the latest poll results published by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on February 14.

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Mike Calvey, founder of top Russian private equity fund Barings Vostok and Russia’s most famous fund manager, arrested on fraud charges

Mike Calvey, founder of top Russian private equity fund Barings Vostok and Russia’s most famous fund manager, arrested on fraud charges

Local reports say detention relates to theft of 2.5bn rubles. His unsettling arrest a hard blow to fragile investment scene. Russian sovereign wealth fund chief says he would vouch for him.

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MOSCOW BLOG: US threatens new round of sanctions but Russia is ready

MOSCOW BLOG: US threatens new round of sanctions but Russia is ready

Sanctions are back. There were four rounds of sanctions in 2018 that clearly did a lot of damage to Russia’s business and investment case, but ultimately they failed to produce their advertised goal: force the Kremlin to change its aggressive ways.

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Belarus’s foreign trade flourishing

Belarus’s foreign trade flourishing

Foods was the country’s leading export product in 2018, up 5.3% y/y to $5.23bn, but exports of tanks, tractors and software are all growing. Trade figures are expected to rise again in 2019.

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BALKAN BLOG: Waiting for North Macedonia to be born

BALKAN BLOG: Waiting for North Macedonia to be born

Now that the Greek parliament has ratified the Nato accession protocol with Macedonia, the authorities in Skopje now have to start the complex process of renaming the country and slowly but surely reshaping its fragile identity.

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KYIV BLOG: Comic Zelenskiy leads record number of candidates for the Ukrainian presidency

KYIV BLOG: Comic Zelenskiy leads record number of candidates for the Ukrainian presidency

Ukrainians mistrust all the establishment candidates allowing outsider and comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy to take the lead in the most recent polls for the presidential election.

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COMMENT: Ukraine’s long-awaited religious independence is a matter of national security

COMMENT: Ukraine’s long-awaited religious independence is a matter of national security

Just how Russia will react to losing a significant source of soft power remains unclear, but Moscow has raised eyebrows with a pledge to “protect the interests of the faithful” in Ukraine.

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