Eastern Europe / Opinion

VOX: Ukraine and the IMF deal: can the country pay its debts?

Ben Aris in Berlin August 29, 2018

Ukraine has at least $1bn of debt to repay this autumn but only $17.7bn as gross international reserves (GIR), equivalent to three months import cover, the safe minimum countries need to keep their currencies stable.

COLCHIS: Georgia’s security conundrum

Michael Cecire of New America August 28, 2018

The decennial of the Georgia-Russia war is a potent reminder of the tragic repercussions of the conflict, the seeming intractability of Western-Russia relations, and the uncomfortable limitations of Euro-Atlantic security architecture.

COMMENT: Ukrainian economy doing surprisingly well, but a crisis looms if IMF programme not restarted in September

SP Advisors in Kyiv August 22, 2018

The Ukrainian economy is growing at a healthy rate, but the situation could turn on a dime if the government fails to restart the IMF $17.5bn stand by programme in September.

MACRO ADVISER: Russia’s August angst

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory July 30, 2018

August is the month when unusual and trend changing events take place in Russia, and this year is shaping up to be one of those that confirms the sequence with a group of US senators determined to push new and dangerous sanctions legislation.

KRUK REPORT: Ukraine should fear the growing cracks in the transatlantic community

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv July 18, 2018

The new reality where the EU is "a foe" and Vladimir Putin is "a partner" is not good for Ukraine.