The new Ukrainian authorities have taken the courageous, and perilous, decision to disarm the militants still controlling the centre of Kiev and creating problems in many regions. NEW
(3 April 2014)
2014-03-15 Beyond Ukraine - A wider energy contest
As Russia and West battle over Ukraine and Crimea, energy is at the core of the debate. It’s and old history of geopolitical and economic opportunism , in which Ukraine risks becoming a collateral victim.
Central Asian republics show little concern with the possible consequences of the ‘drawdown’ of US and allied forces in Afghanistan according to the annual report of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Ukrainian president Yanukovich, on a three-day visit to Beijing, has everything to encourage hope of a Chinese bail-out from his country’s crisis after rejecting the European Union’s terms for ‘association’.
Much remains to be known about President Yanukovich’s reasons for dropping the EU association agreement due to be signed in Vilnius at the end of this week, but a failed bid to get Brussels to exert pressure on behalf of an IMF loan was one of them.