Conflict in the Donbass, Turkey’s FX reserve problem

The flare up in military tensions between Russia and Ukraine this week poses a major threat to political stability in the region and could exacerbate some existing macro vulnerabilities in both countries if the situation escalates from here. Meanwhile, G20 leaders signed off on a $650bn allocation of IMF Special Drawing Rights but this will not drastically improve Turkey’s FX position.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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