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MOSCOW BLOG: Did Berlin just escalate the Ukraine war by promising to send tanks?

January 25, 2023

What just happened? Did the war in Ukraine just take a decisive turn? Did the West just change its tactics from helping Kyiv defend itself from the Russian aggressor to committing itself to offensive weapons and ensuring Russia’s defeat?

MOSCOW BLOG: President Duda says Poland will send Ukraine Leopard tanks, but don’t hold your breath

January 12, 2023

More tank news. But this one is actually a bit confusing. Polish President Andrzej Duda was in Lviv yesterday for a summit and announced that Poland will send some of its 250 German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Will it happen?

MOSCOW BLOG: Are sanctions failing?

December 13, 2022

The EU has done a deal with bad-boy Hungary that gets Budapest’s agreement on a global minimum tax and the €18bn Ukraine macro-aid package. In return Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had the frozen EU funds he wanted released.

MOSCOW BLOG: Oil embargo day

December 5, 2022

The EU’s oil embargo on importing Russian oil comes into effect today. The blanket ban on seaborne oil deliveries is softened by the oil price cap scheme, so that the EU can import oil from Russia provided it costs less than $60.

MOSCOW BLOG: Geography of diplomacy

December 1, 2022

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was on the road this week making his first diplomatic trips following his re-election and symbolically chose to meet Russia's Putin first, but just as symbolically chose to meet France's Macron the next day.