Situation/Intelligence Reports

Ukraine: U.S. May Give $3 Billion Loan-Guarantee

The United States may offer Ukraine a $3 billion loan-guarantee package in 2015 if Ukraine continues reforms, pending approval from the U.S. Congress, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 28.

EU: No Decision On Russian Sanctions

The EU Foreign Affairs Council will prepare proposals for sanctions on Russia Jan. 29 but will not decide until February 9, New Europe reported Jan. 28, citing Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

Russia: Gazprom To Keep 30 Percent In Europe Gas Market

Gazprom’s share in Europe’s natural gas market will remain at 30 percent in 2015, Reuters reported Jan. 28, citing Gazprom board chairman Viktor Zubkov.

India: Districts On Swine Flu Alert

Seven districts in Maharashtra are on high alert in light of the swine flu outbreak in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, a state health official said, Times of India reported Jan. 28.

Yemen: Al-Houthis Free Senior Presidential Aid

Al-Houthi rebels in Yemen have freed Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, a senior presidential aid abducted 10 days ago, BBC reported Jan. 27.

Jordan: Islamic State Gives Ultimatum

The Islamic State has threatened to kill Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto if Jordan fails to release a detained militant within 24 hours, Al Bawaba reported Jan. 27, citing unconfirmed Arabic media reports.

Iran: Lawmakers Agree To React Harshly To More Sanctions

More than 80 Iranian lawmakers signed a motion agreeing to react harshly if the United States were to impose new sanctions on the country, Tasnim News Agency reported Jan. 27.

Israel: Artillery Fire Hit Syrian Military Base, Reports Say

Artillery fired from Israel in response to rockets launched from Syria hit a Syrian government military base, according to Syrian news outlets Jan. 27, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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