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Putin meets with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and reportedly agrees to humanitarian evacuations. (We’ve heard this before.) In its readout, Russia’s foreign ministry takes the opportunity to trot out the old ‘Western-backed 2014 coup’ conspiracy.
Europe and Central Asia
Poland sanctions Gazprom, among other Russian and Belarusian entities. Gazprom suspends delivery of gas to Poland and Bulgaria under the guise of payment term non-compliance. Gas prices surge. German Economy Minister Robert Habeck says a full embargo on Russian oil – not gas – is now ‘manageable.’ Rosneft has no European takers for 37 million barrels of Urals crude.
China tests some literally disruptive satellite technology. The Chinese yuan hit a 17-month low against the dollar. DJI Technology Co. announces that it’s suspending the sale of drones to either side of the war. Grant Haver unpacks the diplomatic implications on today’s podcast.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo invites President Zelensky to attend a G20 summit in the region in November. Are you ready for another Marcos regime in the Philippines? That’s looking increasingly likely.
The Middle East and Africa
Russian and Belarusian asylum seekers – notably those opposing the Putin and Lukashenko regimes – are reportedly denied refuge in Israel. UK-sanctioned Russian fertilizer magnate, Moshe Kanton, stepped down from three prominent philanthropic organizations so as ‘not to distract from [their] important work.’
Zimbabwe’s tobacco market rebounds, for better or worse.
The DSR Network Team (Chris Cotnoir, Grant Haver, and Katherine Hill)