FROM Alexander Kliment
Syria pushes US-Russia relations to new low Another airstrike today killed at least 15 people on the rebel-held side of Aleppo, a besieged city that hasn’t seen humanitarian assistance since last July. Talks between the US and Russia have failed to produce a ceasefire, despite pleas from Pope Francis, as accusations of war crimes are circulating at the United Nations.
EU Follows US in Imposing Russia Sanctions A day after the US announced its fourth round of sanctions on Russia, the European Union weighed in with its own list of assets freezes and visa bans on senior Russian military and political figures. The EU is Russia's largest trading partner. With oil and gas such a priority for Europe, will the US–EU alliance hold? Alexander Kliment is Director of Russia Research for the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm in New York City.
IMF Pledges Billions in Loans to Help Ailing Ukraine After three weeks of urgent negotiations, the International Monetary Fund has agreed to provide $18 billion in loans to the interim government of Ukraine. President Obama welcomed the deal during his trip to Europe, saying it would bolster democratic reform. "So it's a concrete signal on how the world is united with Ukraine as it makes tough choices at an incredibly difficult time." Alexander Kliment is director of Emerging Markets Strategy for the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm in New York.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.