Analyst: “Given statements by both President Trump and Vice President Pence last week regarding Ukraine and maintaining the sanctions regime, all indicators thus far still point toward U.S. policy on the matter staying in the same direction in the near term.”
<Moscow has decried comments made by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, in which he labeled Vladimir Putin 'a killer' during an interview with Donald Trump. The US president had repeatedly reiterated his respect for Putin.
<New U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley
"Eastern Ukraine, of course, is not the only part of the country suffering because of Russia's aggressive actions. The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea," Haley said.
Worried Ukrainian leaders were heartened by the statement that suggests the Trump administration is beginning to comprehend Russia’s support for criminal elements among pro-Russian separatists and the supply of both Russian Army personnel and heavy weapons. The statement below originated within the office of the U.S. Secretary of State and was supplied to UBO at 23:25 on Jan 31, 2017 via the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
<Many of the sanctions imposed on Russia can be lifted quickly - with a swift brush of Donald Trump’s pen. But he already faces opposition, with Senator John McCain promising to fight the lifting of sanctions on Moscow.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledges applause before speaking during the 2017 ''Congress of Tomorrow'' Joint Republican Issues Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 26, 2017.REUTERS/Mark Makela
Mauldin Economics says: “Reports of bankruptcies are on the rise. One of the most troubling cases thus far deals with UralVagonZavod (UVZ). This is a corporation that consists of 40 entities and is among the world’s top 100 largest military-industrial companies. Three entities—Alfa-Bank, Barnaul Forge and Press Plant, and Central Boiler and Turbine Institution—have filed bankruptcy petitions in court against UVZ in the last few months due to unpaid debts.”
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
< Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in Moscow on Dec. 26. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)