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    Russia, and Iraq Want To Move Payment For Oil To “Reliable Currencies”

    Latest energy-rich economies move to drop US dollar  The Russian Foreign Minister has been in Baghdad speaking with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein, discussing new payment mechanisms to replace the US dollar. They have stated that Moscow and Baghdad plan to switch to paying for oil supplies in the currencies of “reliable countries” and move[…..]

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    A 2023 Russia-African Trade Summary

    By Constantin Duhamel with additional commentary by Chris Devonshire-Ellis  Introduction – The Soviet ‘Special Relationship’ In an effort to promote a similar worldview during the Cold War, the Soviet Union cultivated close ties with socialist movements and governments in countries such as Angola, Algeria, Egypt and Ethiopia. As a result, top Russian officials spent significant[…..]

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    Russia Accelerates Its Artificial Intelligence Development Program

    By Paul Goncharoff Not known for letting moss grow under his feet, on Tuesday (January 31, 2023) Russian President Vladimir Putin officially instructed the government of the Russian Federation to accelerate key changes to national projects and state programs that provide for the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) in all sectors of the economy and[…..]

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    Russian Far East Grain & Soya Exports To China Up 210% YoY In January 2023

    Exports of grain and its products to Asian countries from Russia’s Primorye Krai totaled 80,729 tonnes in January 2023, a surge of 46% year-on-year, according to the Primorye interregional department of the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor).

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    Russia and Iran Connect Financial Payment Systems

    Move is the first bilateral step for what will become a growing trend of bypassing the US-controlled SWIFT banking network By Paul Goncharoff Officials of the Central Banks of Russia and Iran signed an agreement formally connecting their interbank transfer systems on Sunday (January 29). The agreement calls for the 52 Iranian bank branches that[…..]

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    Russia – Pakistan Trade & Investment Relations

    By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The Pakistan Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, is in Moscow meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. They have plenty to discuss. Pakistan, despite the assistance of China, has been recovering from several crisis, both political and financial, and lurching from one problem to the next.

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    2023 Investment Trends & Incentives In The Russian Far East

    Bordering China, foreign investment in Russia’s Far East increased 23% in 2022. We look at the investment trends, developments, and opportunities. The Russian Far East occupies 41% of Russia yet has just 5.56% of its total population. Yet with Russia’s Pivot to Asia, and especially trade with China, there is great potential for growth in[…..]

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    Investors From ‘Friendly Countries’ To Have Easier Access To Russian Markets and Investment Capital

    Investors and businesses from friendly countries will have easier access to the Russian market, according to the ‘Strategy for the Development of the Financial Market 2023-2030’ which has been approved by the Russian Cabinet.

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    Kyrgyzstan’s 2022 Trade Turnover With Russia Hits Record High

    The value of Kyrgyzstan’s exports of goods to Russia increased substantially in the first 11 months of 2022, according to the National Statistical Committee of Kyrgyzstan.

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    Pakistan Invites Russia To Develop National Railway Projects With INSTC Connectivity

    By Chris Devonshire-Ellis   Pakistan has invited Russia to participate in it railway projects, according to Yevgeny Fidchuk, assistant to the Russian Transport Minister. The comments were made during a meeting of the Russia-Pakistan intergovernmental commission.

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