` Vladimir Putin Voices Hope for Settling Ukraine’s Debt ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – May 28  – Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced hope for settling a dispute with Ukraine that could cut off Russian gas supplies to Europe.

In televised remarks at Wednesday’s Cabinet session, Putin signalled that Russia could negotiate new terms for gas shipments to Ukraine if it pays off part of its debt.

Energy Minister Alexander Novak reported at the session that Ukraine must pay $2 billion before Friday and another $500 million before June 7. Once Ukraine makes the first payment, Russia could negotiate a price discount for future supplies, he said.

Moscow has ratcheted up pressure on Ukraine after its pro-Russian president was chased from power in February after months of protests. Since then, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and a pro-Russia insurgency has engulfed eastern Ukraine.

Moscow Times

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` US Setting-Up $5 Billion Terrorism Partnership Fund ‘

#AceFinanceNews – WASHINGTON – May 28 – US is setting up a $5 billion “terrorism partnership fund” to help other countries push back against radical extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

He told “CBS This Morning” that US foreign policy needs to reflect a“rapidly changing, more complex world where terrorism is the principal challenge.” 

In morning interviews, Kerry also defended President Barack Obama’s decision to terminate America’s combat role in Afghanistan by the end of the year, AP reported.

AP – Washington Post

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