The accession of Finland and Sweden to Nato will transform the picture in the Baltic region but more military deployments are still needed, argue Baltic experts.
Uzbekistan's growth slowed in 2022, but if the pace of reforms continues to be as fast as in the last few years it is expected to rebound to around 10% a year once the current health and geopolitical crises are over.
This year it is spending more than 10% more than it did before its 2020 defeat of Armenia, and is planning to spend even more in coming years.
While Belarus' latest troop increases along the border with Ukraine have worried many, these actions should be seen in the light of Lukashenko's aim of de-escalating tensions with the West while showing loyalty to Putin.
The war in Ukraine has sent prices for food soaring, and they were already high due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even if peace returns tomorrow, prices for grain are likely to remain elevated for the foreseeable future.
Inflation variously measured at from 70% to 157% has wiped out pay rise gains. There are now more credit cards than people in Turkey.
Georgians make up the most prominent contingent of foreign fighters in Ukraine. At least nine have been killed.
The Presidents of Ukraine and Russia used their Victory Day speeches to draw parallels between the war in Ukraine and WWII, but Zelenskiy emphasised that Russia and Ukraine are now different countries.
The Belarusian regime is expanding the state authorities' grip on the economy to manage the sanctions pressure. However, this may have inverse effects.
FX reserves fall by $1.2bn in few months—yet small, developing nation must pay for imports in USD.
Transkapitalbank has requested the US Treasury let it continue to operate in Central Asia.
Southeast Europe is split over the issues of sanctions on Russia and military aid to Ukraine, with some states firmly in the western camp, some staying neutral and others internally torn.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are among the most at risk from the economic fallout of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and are currently suffering the highest inflation rates in the EU.
The decline in the size of Russia’s population is accelerating, driven by a combination of the arrival of the demographic dip caused by the 1990s and one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.
The EU is mulling proposals for introducing a formal embargo on Russian oil imports, and Russia is already well-versed in embargo evasion techniques.
Caught between ‘zero-Covid’ China on one side and war-sanctioned Russia on the other, the Mongolians face mounting difficulties.
North Macedonia is struggling with record-high food prices and shortages of cooking oil, wheat and flour.
Sanctions are taking its toll on the Belarusian economy, and its making some of the world's largest potash fertiliser importers rethink their trade-dependence on the post-Soviet nation.
The war in Ukraine drew a clear line in Bulgarian political life, with President Rumen Radev positioning himself firmly on Moscow’s side and opposing the government’s plans to approve military aid to Ukraine.
Can Europe cut off supplies of Russian oil? If it does, how can it replace imports of Russian crude? Can Russia switch and sell its oil to other markets such as in Asia? Is there enough demand in new markets to absorb all the Russian oil?