After six weeks of remote talks, an IMF team in Washington suspended its work Friday with Ukraine

After six weeks of remote talks, an IMF team in Washington suspended its work Friday with Ukraine, awaiting “more progress.” Needed steps include adopting legislation to restore anti-corruption bodies, cleaning up the courts and phasing out price controls on natural gas. Goesta Ljungman, the IMF representative in Kyiv, said: “The discussions were productive, but more progress is needed to support completion of the first review under the program. Discussions will continue.”

Tim Ash writes from London

Tim Ash writes from London: “It’s always a frustration in Ukraine that in times of flush global market liquidity reform momentum stalls…Markets can of course turn… Ukrainian policy makers would thus be well advised not to bet everything on markets remaining open to them this year, and to try and get back to proper talks with the IMF ASAP.”

In response, President Zelenskiy promised to submit to the Rada this week needed

In response, President Zelenskiy promised to submit to the Rada this week needed draft bills to improve the judicial system and “insist” lawmakers debate them “quickly.” Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko emailed Bloomberg to say: “Ukraine remains committed to its reforms agenda and fruitful partnership with the IMF.” Underlining the lack of urgency, presidential advisor Timofiy Milovanov, a supporter of reforms, told Interfax-Ukraine: “Financial and macroeconomic stability is maintained. There are no systemic risks. The situation with the budget is normal.”

Russian sanctioned eight more Ukrainian companies Friday, raising the total to 84.

Russian sanctioned eight more Ukrainian companies Friday, raising the total to 84. The new decrees includes: vessel maker Craneship, towage firm Donmar, cargo operator Transship and metal producer Maxima Metal. Last year, Russia added former President Petro Poroshenko and rock singer politician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk to its list of sanctioned Ukrainians, raising the total to 35.

Yuriy Gusev, Ukroboronprom’s director general, yesterday signed $1 billion worth of agreements and contracts in the United Arab Emirates

Yuriy Gusev, Ukroboronprom’s director general, yesterday signed $1 billion worth of agreements and contracts in the United Arab Emirates with the country’s two leading military equipment manufacturers, the EDGE Group and Tawazun Economic Council. “We are delighted with the opportunities for the UAE and Ukraine to cooperate, exchange and benefit from the military and the technical capacity of the two countries,” said EDGE CEO Faisal Al Bannai, according to Zelenskiy’s presidential website.

Nicknamed “Little Sparta”

Nicknamed “Little Sparta” by former US Defense Secretary James Mattis, Sunni-dominated UAE is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and faces Shia Muslim Iran across the Strait of Hormuz. Government-owned EDGE specializes in drones, long range missiles, cyber defense, and electronic warfare. It has 12,500 employees and $5 billion in annual revenues. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ranks EDGE 22nd in its list of world’s largest arms companies. SIPRI researcher Pieter Wezeman writes: “EDGE is a good illustration of how

With the UAE’s Hope probe now in Mars orbit, Ukrainian space and high tech companies could contribute to boosting bilateral trade

With the UAE’s Hope probe now in Mars orbit, Ukrainian space and high tech companies could contribute to boosting bilateral trade, Zelenskiy said yesterday in a meeting with Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nagayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The two countries vowed to increase trade “several times” from the 2019 level of $1.65 billion. Zelenskiy said high level Ukrainian delegations are coming to the Emirates for two big trade fairs

“Ukraine can and will become a guarantor of food security in the Emirates,” Zelenskiy told WAM, the Emirates News Agency

“Ukraine can and will become a guarantor of food security in the Emirates,” Zelenskiy told WAM, the Emirates News Agency, shortly after arrival on Saturday. “We are among the world leaders in the export of wheat, corn and barley.”  With a population of 10 million, the Emirates has an economy three times bigger than Ukraine’s, but imports 85% of its food — $2 billion worth last year. Last year, Ukraine exported $252 million worth of food to the UAE. Zelenskiy

The six-month Expo ideally will promote Emirates investment and tourism in Ukraine

The six-month Expo ideally will promote Emirates investment and tourism in Ukraine, Zelenskiy said. In 2019, 250,000 Ukrainians flew to Dubai, the Emirates’ largest city, using four airlines – flydubai, UIA, SkyUp and Air Azur Ukraine. Zelenskiy said 15,000 Ukrainians live in the Emirates and 200 Ukrainian companies have offices there.

The European Investment Bank will lend €270 million to rebuild Boryspil airport’s 50-year-old western runway

The European Investment Bank will lend €270 million to rebuild Boryspil airport’s 50-year-old western runway, the EU bank announced Friday at its Luxembourg headquarters. In addition to replacing the obsolete 3,500 meter long concrete runway, the 20-year loan will go to improving de-icing, airfield lighting, and instrument landing. Looking beyond today’s coronavirus travel restrictions, Prime Minister Shmyhal said in Luxembourg: “The loan signed today for Boryspil International Airport will ensure the development of infrastructure and strengthen the position of the international hub.”