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    2019 Russian – EU Bilateral Trade Increasing

    Evolving supply chains recovering from sanctions Trade turnover from January-April inclusive this year between Russia and the European Union increased 2.2% year-on-year up to €82.6 billion (US$93.88 billion), according to Eurostat. Russian imports from EU countries increased 1.8% to €28 billion, while Russian exports to the EU increased by 2.4% to €54.6 billion.

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    Russian Investments Into Asia – Using Singapore As An Optimum Base

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Sanctions imposed on Russia means Russian capital needs to find new homes for generating healthy returns. We explain why when it comes to Asia, Singapore is the most viable option. Corporate Russia, supported in part by matching Kremlin policies, has been reaching out to find new homes for its investment capital[…..]

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    Russia Outbound – Russia’s New Developing Asian Export Markets

    ASEAN & India Lead The Way In New Growth Markets For Russian Exports With Western sanctions imposed upon Russia back in 2014, the country has had to look to new markets, including Asia. Although countries such as China and Japan have long taken up the bulk of Russia’s exports in Asia, Asia overall is growing[…..]

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    Sanctions On Russia Costing EU Businesses US$240 Billion And Increasing – Putin

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Q: How Long Are Sanctions Effective Before Markets Adapt? A: Three Years Speaking at his annual televised Q&A session yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the imposition of sanctions imposed on Russia by the West have cost businesses in the European Union about US$240 billion in lost trade since 2014.[…..]

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    Trans-Siberian Land Bridge Opens – Reducing Japan-EU Transportation Time By 50%

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis The so-called “Trans-Siberian Land Bridge” has opened, with a successful first test run of cargo from Yokohama to Europe. Essentially the route covers a dual maritime-rail link that initially sees products travel by ship from ports on the Japanese west coast, travel to Vladivostok and connect with the trans-Siberian express through[…..]

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    Russia Copies China’s Belt & Road Initiative By Financing & Upgrading Cuba’s National Railway System

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Russia has taken a leaf out of China’s largesse with its Belt & Road Initiative, by agreeing with its long time ally Cuba to provide finance, machinery and engineering to upgrade the creaking Cuban national railway system. China has also been partnering with countries around the globe in helping upgrade and[…..]

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    32% Of All FDI Into Russia Now Heads To Its Far East

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Entrepreneurial Asia Heading For The New Boom Areas Of Far East Russia The rise of emerging Asia is having an unexpected spin off – an increase in foreign direct investment in the often-forgotten far east region of Russia. Far East Russia borders China, Mongolia and North Korea, with maritime borders with[…..]

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    Russia To Introduce Cheaper, Faster E-Visa Application System For Foreign Visitors From 2021

    Russia is set to introduce a streamlined electronic visa for visitors from 2021, allowing a 16 day stay valid for both tourist and business travel. It is expected to cost about US$50. At present, Russia visa applicants need to submit their passport and supporting documents, including an invitation, flight tickets, hotel bookings as well as[…..]

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    Russian & Chinese Alternatives For SWIFT Global Banking Network Coming Online

    SPFS and CIPS provide a SWIFT alternative in global banking transaction SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) has long been the global banking transfer mechanism of choice, launched in 1973. It provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardized and reliable environment.[…..]

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    The Eurasian Economic Union & ASEAN. How The Blocs Intra-Regional Trade Is Developing

    Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Implications for emerging Central Asian and South-East Asian supply chain developments The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is a trade bloc that includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. While that appears an eclectic group, is has huge geopolitical and trade potential significance as it essentially extends from the borders of the[…..]

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