Beltway 360 – Ukraine Swamp

Before he is even sworn in as Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky is already a casualty of America’s electoral combat. This is not a short-term issue, but is likely to poison relations for months to come, perhaps even beyond the November 2020 national elections in the United States. The most toxic issues — the origins of the Mueller investigation, Paul Manafort, and Joe Biden’s son Hunter — are simply too valuable as political ammunition for both the Trump White House and the Democratic Party not to be exploited, with collateral damage to Ukraine. Moscow is certain to be portrayed as a villain in these disputes.

Beltway 360⁰ The Ukraine Election April 2019

Most people in Washington expected Poroshenko and Co would do a better job of organizing votes in the first round. True, they may be holding their fire for the second round, but to obtain only one vote in six in the first creates a real problem for their friends in Washington.

Beltway 360 – Russia Sanctions in Congress

Economy looks a bit better in February … The GDP leading indicator was up 1.5%, a rebound from 0.7% in January. The manufacturing PMI index was 52.8 in March, a surprise rebound from previous levels and firmly in expansionary territory.

… leading to government optimism. First Deputy Prime Minister Siluanov said that the economy performed much better than had been expected in Q1. The Economy Ministry confirmed that if this positive trend continues he will raise forecasts for this year and next in August.