Review of foreign media: will Russia come to Ukraine with a "peacekeeping mission"?
The press discusses the prospects for the development of the conflict in the east of Ukraine
Review of foreign publications: will Russia come to Ukraine with a "peacekeeping mission"?
Is Russia preparing for hostilities in Ukraine? - The New York Times
Russia has almost doubled the number of battalions on the Ukrainian border and can respond to the successes of the Kiev government forces by invading the territory of Ukraine shortly after a warning or without announcement, they write in the publication.
According to newspaper sources in American intelligence circles, Russian intervention may be filed as a "peacekeeping operation." "This is a very real option," a high-ranking source at the US Department of Defense believes. "And if Putin decides to do it, he can do it almost or completely without warning. We just don’t know what's on his mind."
As the authors of the article note, in the confrontation over Ukraine, the Kremlin and the West are turning to the most familiar tools for them. “For President Obama and European leaders, this tool is weighted economic sanctions against banks close to the Kremlin or narrow subsectors of the Russian economy, such as Russia's long-term ability to develop new Arctic, deep-water and offshore oil fields. But Putin’s tool is the ability and, increasingly, Kremlin’s willingness to mobilize brute military force. "
“He created the military and political conditions for a successful, in his view, invasion,” retired General Wesley Clark, the former commander of the NATO Combined Forces in Europe, told reporters. However, he still seems to have not made a political decision, because he understands that the beginning of the invasion risks to calculate impossible. "
Europe in debt - Die Welt
In Europe, the obligation to pay off debts remains low. Only 75% of enterprises and private clients pay their bills on time.
Things are especially bad with respect to the integrity of the payment of bills in the south-east of Europe. For example, in Bulgaria and Romania, no more than 70% of bills are paid on time. In Greece and Slovakia, this figure remains at 71%, which is below the average. However, in France and especially in Germany, the situation with the timeliness of payments is better.
There can be many reasons for default on payment obligations. As for private debtors, in a study conducted by TNS Infratest, commissioned by EOS among 2600 financial experts from 12 European countries, temporary difficulties with cash are listed first, followed by unemployment and forgetfulness.
As for the clients of enterprises, here again, in the first place are the temporary difficulties with cash. The second most common reason is non-payment of own clients. In addition, the cause of non-payment is bankruptcy, the lack of an adequate level of professionalism when working with payment documents, as well as the intentional refusal to pay.
New US policy in Africa - The Financial Times
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal arrived in the United States to attend the summit
Among 54 African countries, many have achieved considerable success. Nine of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world are located on this continent. Poverty is decreasing there, education is developing, people's health is improving. However, the media in their headlines and America in their priorities too often speak only about terrorism, outbreaks of violence and Ebola.
This week, an American-African summit will take place in Washington, giving President Barack Obama a good chance to refocus the US foreign policy.
An important strategic issue facing the United States in Africa today is to find the right balance between building bases for drones to counter terrorism and strengthen business relationships that promote mutually beneficial economic and social development.
The US militarist focus is understandable, but in its foreign policy in Africa, the United States must make a significant shift towards trade, finance, and cultural cooperation.
American politics should be as diverse as the African landscape. Many African countries have sound macroeconomic policies and a policy of good governance, but they are clearly short of investments. As a result, even in those countries where reforms are being implemented and high growth rates are being ensured, employment rates in various sectors are still weak, and the increasing labor force is not being applied.
How to get rid of Putin - American Thinker
The goal of the US sanctions should be one thing - to make those Russians who hold Putin in power and who put Putin in power, to knock him out.
In order to force these Russians to act - and thus ensure the success of the sanctions strategy - it is necessary to widen the gap between their financial interests and Putin’s political ambitions as soon as possible. The leaders of Russian corporations are not interested in either Ukraine or Putin’s insane dreams of reviving the Romanov Empire. They fight in negotiation, not on the battlefield. The hostile takeover of Kaiser Aluminum would have been far more interesting to them than the capture of Kiev.
The Russian oligarch is one of the most arrogant, narcissistic, and unsympathetic billionaire types in history. The old word nouveau riche for them looks too weak. In life, they are only concerned about their yachts, their planes and their mistresses - skater blonde shopaholks, whom they keep in their expensive apartments in London, in New York and on the Riviera, and they love to show off to luxury restaurants.
Are they ready to give up all this for the sake of Donetsk? Or maybe for the sake of Riga or Tallinn? You are joking?
Simply put, we must let the Russian oligarchs and top managers, against whom Western sanctions are directed, understand that Putin is their problem, not ours.
Perhaps these people do not possess political genius and sublime patriotism. But most likely, they will not need much time to get together for a quiet conversation - for example, in the Moscow office or, more likely, on a yacht somewhere near the Cote d'Azur - to ... well, let's say, decide what will be better for the future of Russia.