Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Ukraine and Russia Fail to Reach an Agreement on Gas Deliveries
Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz were unable to come to a settlement on gas deliveries to Ukraine at negotiations
last week. This round of talks comes after a Swedish arbitration court ruled in favor of Naftogaz in a contract dispute with Gazprom, which the Russian company plans to appeal.
The two state companies disagree on several key points, including on the parties responsible for paying for gas deliveries to the self-declared LNR and DNR. Gazprom insists that Ukraine be responsible for payment, which Naftogaz will not consider.
Direct deliveries of gas from Russia may not resume until April, when the next round of negotiations is slated to occur.
Tajik airlines "Somon Air" and "Tajik Aiir" announced
on April 1 that flights to certain regions of the Russian Federation would be suspended. The announcement comes after the suspension of certain regional "Ural Airlines" flights from Russia to Tajikistan last month. Tajikistan suggests "reciprocal measures" are in the works, but industry representatives are prepared to travel to Moscow in the next week for negotiations.
Former NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen sent a proposal
to Latvian President Maris Kucinskis to set up a task force for reforming and overseeing the country's banking sector. The task force would include top Western experts from the U.S. Treasury, the European Central Bank, and other institutions.
The letter comes in light of the collapse of a major Latvian bank and an investigation into in money laundering and corruption by the Latvian Central Bank chief.