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MOSCOW BLOG: Turkey's crisis a golden opportunity for the Kremlin

August 13, 2018

Turkey finds itself in tremendous economic peril and Donald Trump’s actions only serve to aggravate the situation. The Kremlin may sense a shot at breaking up Nato. And analysts even see the possible emergence of an anti-US “axis of the sanctioned”.

MOSCOW BLOG: US declares economic war on Russia

August 12, 2018

“The US has declared economic war on Russia,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in remarks that set the stage for a real military clash between the two countries.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia’s finance ministry raising trillions of rubles to pay for Putin’s May decree plan

July 13, 2018

Russia’s finance ministry has been raising fresh revenues to fund President Vladimir Putin’s RUB8 trillion spending extravaganza and the numbers add up, but will the money be wasted or stolen?

MOSCOW BLOG: Oil tops $80 a barrel and changes Russia’s fiscal landscape

May 17, 2018

Brent futures passed the $80 a barrel mark on May 16 and transformed Russia’s profile. Now it looks like the Kremlin will easily cover the massive spending promises made by President Putin.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russio delenda est

April 27, 2018

When King Pyrrhus of Epirus stood on the Italian coast surveying the battlefield of Asculum where he had just defeated the Roman army in 279BC he famously said: “If I have another victory like that I will go home alone."