Alex Teddy
Co-Managing Director, Urus Advisory

Recent Country Insights

Uzbekistan's law on foreign undesirables
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 17 Jul 2024

The Uzbek Parliament will pass a law that will allow the government to ban people from entering the country who have offended Uzbekistan or deport those who have already entered. The aim of the law according to its preamble is to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uzbekistan. An...

Zelensky open to talks with Russia for first time since 2022
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 16 Jul 2024

On July 15 Zelensky said that he wants Russia delegates to attend a peace summit to be held in August 2024 probably in Qatar. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have brokered prisoner exchanges and the return of Ukrainian children taken to Russia without parental permission. Zelensky said the summit should r...

EU stops funding Georgia
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 15 Jul 2024

On July 9 the European Union announced it had frozen Georgia's accession process. This is in response to the Foreign Agent Law. Georgia was rejected for EU candidate membership status in 2022. Nevertheless, Georgia was planning to apply again. Georgia was due to receive EUR 30 million for defense...

F16s for Ukraine
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 12 Jul 2024

On July 10 NATO announced that it had commenced the transfer of fighter jets. Ukrainian pilots have been training on them for a year. F16s will be a major boost to the Ukrainian Air Force. On July 5 Russia claimed to have destroyed several Ukrainian jets on the ground. NATO released a strongly wo...

Ukraine receives more military aid
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 10 Jul 2024

On July 8 Zelensky visited Poland and met the prime minister. As usual this was announced in advance. The meeting was surprisingly low key. Zelensky has sometimes addressed the public when he visits Poland. On July 7 the British Defense Secretary visited Odessa, Ukraine. He is new in office becau...

Indian Prime Minister visits Moscow
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 09 Jul 2024

On July 8 Narendra Modi met Putin. This is Modi's first visit to Russia since the Ukraine War began. He said he is there to discuss building peace in Russia's region. Russia is delighted to host the leader of the world's most populous nation. It proves that Russia is far from isolated. India has ...

Russian airline grounding much of its fleet due to sanctions
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 07 Jul 2024

S7 Airlines cannot fly around 38 passenger aircraft due to lack of spare parts and maintenance. Some of the repairs can only be done outside of Russia. S7 is the second biggest airline in the country. Its Airbus A320neo jets are crucial to its fleet. It has 31, and 15 will not be flown until furt...

US postpones military drills in Georgia due to rift
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 07 Jul 2024

On July 5 the United States said it will not hold the exercises in the Republic of Georgia for the foreseeable future. This was explicitly because of the US reviewing relations with the former Soviet republic. Washington DC is unhappy with the Foreign Agent Act that was passed in Georgia in June ...

NATO pledges USD 43 billion military aid to Ukraine
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · In Brief · 07 Jul 2024

On June 5 NATO confirmed the rumors about the donation. This is ahead of the NATO Summit in Washington DC starting on July 9. The major donation is another attempt to Trump-proof Ukraine in case Trump becomes president again on January 20, 2025. The NATO Secretary-General called for the member th...

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