Looming debt default threat alarms Ukraine's creditors

Jun 12, 2015

Looming debt default threat alarms Ukraine's creditors

Ukraine’s biggest private creditors Thursday expressed alarm at the creeping pace of their negotiations with cash-strapped Kiev and its escalating threat of a partial debt default. The war-torn and economically ravaged former Soviet country is trying to reach an agreement with some of the ...

Jun 11, 2015

Keeping the G-7 relevant

As the host of the next G-7 summit, Japan has its work cut out to maintain the group's unity and increase its leverage.

Ukraine requires 'sincere' peace efforts, pope tells Putin

Jun 11, 2015

Ukraine requires 'sincere' peace efforts, pope tells Putin

Pope Francis met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on Wednesday, using the talks to call for a sincere effort aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said their talks concentrated on the Ukraine conflict and ...

China escapes G-7 blame in sea row

Jun 8, 2015

China escapes G-7 blame in sea row

by Ko Hirano

The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries release a statement expressing "strong opposition" to massive land reclamation in disputed waters in the South China Sea, but without naming China specifically, and call for a thorough implementation of the cease-fire in Ukraine.

Jun 8, 2015

Poroshenko makes Putin look like a wimp

by Leonid Bershidsky

If Ukraine manages to pull out of the deepest crisis in its history and re-emerge as a functioning democratic country with a liberal economic model, it will do more to undermine Russians' passive support for Vladimir Putin than any Western pressure ever could.

Jun 8, 2015

Another Ukraine ceasefire dissolves

The steady erosion of the ceasefire in Ukraine is proof that Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to see value in chaos and that the sanctions against his country have not impacted his calculus.