Open thread April 26, 2022 Dan Crawford | April 26, 2022 6:55 am Comments (12) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Top Russian diplomat warns Ukraine against provoking WWIII
Boston Globe – April 26
Allies will ‘keep moving heaven and earth’ to supply Ukraine, the U.S. defense chief says
NY Times – April 26
In opening remarks to the Ukraine Defense Consultative Group meeting in Germany on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III told a gathering of defense officials from more than 40 countries that he wanted them to leave with a common understanding of Ukraine’s immediate security requirements.
“We are going to keep moving heaven and earth so that we can meet them,” Mr. Austin said.
Speaking to his Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksiy Reznikov, Mr. Austin said: “We’re all here because of Ukraine’s courage, because of the innocent civilians who have been killed, and because of the suffering that your people still endure.”
The United States gathered allied nations in Germany to discuss accelerating the supply of weapons to help Ukraine fend off Russia’s offensive in the south and east. The meeting came days after Mr. Austin and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken made a secretive visit to Kyiv, where they pledged more assistance in a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.
The meeting in Germany included representatives from Albania, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, as well as NATO and the European Union. Officials from Germany, the United States and Ukraine sat at the head of the table.
the latest developments in the war in Ukraine
NY Times – April 26
The world’s richest person didn’t like Twitter. So he’s buying it.
NY Times – David Leonhardt – April 26
Share of wealth in the U.S. owned by the top 0.01% of households
using your reserve currency as a weapon has consequences
however, i didn’t expect to see this:
Russian rouble hits near 2-year high vs euro – (Reuters) – The Russian rouble strengthened on Monday, firming past 77 against the euro to a near two-year high, helped by tax payments that companies are due to make this week and as the market looked ahead to a central bank rate decision on Friday. By 1453 GMT, the rouble had gained 3.6% to trade at 77.25 versus the euro , earlier clipping 76.96, its strongest mark since June 2020. The rouble was 3% stronger against the dollar at 73.17, hovering around levels seen before Feb. 24, when Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine.
How Putin’s Demand for Ruble Payments for Gas Could Play Out
NY Times – March 24
How Russia rescued the ruble
NPR – April 5
NY Times: The reverberations of the war in Ukraine widened on Wednesday, jolting energy markets and threatening to spill across borders, as the West’s escalating arms shipments and economic penalties prompted Russia to lash out by cutting off gas supplies to two European nations.
Russia’s state-run gas company, Gazprom, announced that it was suspending shipments of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria, a move that the European Union’s top official denounced as “blackmail.” Though the immediate economic impact was likely to be limited, it was the Kremlin’s toughest retaliation yet against a U.S.-led alliance that it has accused of backing Ukraine in a proxy war aimed at weakening Russia.
Even as news of a U.S.-Russia prisoner exchange offered a glimmer of hope that tensions with the West could ease, President Vladimir V. Putin warned on Wednesday that he would unleash “counterstrikes” against any adversaries that “create threats of a strategic nature unacceptable to Russia.”
At the same time, a series of explosions across Ukraine’s borders raised the possibility that the war, now in its third month, might spread. Blasts were reported in three Russian border districts on Wednesday morning, and while the cause was not immediately known, suspicion fell on Ukrainian forces, which are being supplied with more sophisticated weapons and intelligence from the United States and its allies. …
reverberations of the war in Ukraine widened on Wednesday
Many nations are refusing to buy gas and oil from Russia but others continue to snap it up.
Business Insider – April 17
Bill Clinton: Putin’s invasion of Ukraine could not have been prevented
Boston Globe – April 26
Just to review…
Russia was kicked out of the G-8 economic group in 2014
after invading Crimea. Trump tried to get them reinstated.
That didn’t happen. Was that humiliating?
G7 leaders reject Russia’s return after Trump summit invite