Just a few days after Angela Merkel cleared the way for 1.8 billion Euros of taxpayer money in credit for Arseny “Yats” Yatsenyuk, Russia has put forward its interest in the money: Moscow is contemplating calling in its loan to Kiev. Russia wants, with this chess move, in particular to push speculator George Soros into the parade.
Russia could use the EU payments to call in a loan which falls due at the end of January, and which Kiev cannot serve out of its own resources: Moscow could demand prompt payment of a hard three billion dollar loan to Ukraine. Ukraine has not met a number of conditions, according to the Russian press agency Ria-Novosti on Saturday, citing government sources. Under these circumstances, Russia would be forced to insist on earlier repayment.
President Putin had indicated weeks earlier, in a November interview with ARD, that they would not insist on…
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