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Russian Roulette

Market volatility has risen with Covid and its latest iteration Omicron but has thus far underplayed the current security risks playing out in Eastern Europe. Energy and grain markets will experience just as much if not more turmoil if things go badly in Ukraine. Presidents Putin and Biden are having a telephone conversation today and bilateral diplomatic talks start on 10 January in Geneva. There are plenty of foreign policy experts in the region signaling that they expect the worse out of Moscow.   Former Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga argues that Vladimir Putin is making the same arguments about Ukraine that were made 100 years ago by Moscow when annexing local states to form the Soviet Union. European security expert Con...

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