The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance.
Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
Russia-U.S.: A Russian presidential aide will meet with the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine later this month, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia. This is the same envoy who, after the sanctions bill passed the U.S. Senate, suggested the U.S. could provide defensive weapons to Ukraine. According to the report, they will discuss the Minsk accord and its implementation. Given the United States’ various aggressive moves, the Russians’ willingness to talk and the fact that they will send a heavyweight to do it opens the possibility of a shift in relations. It is also interesting that this is a bilateral U.S