Thanks to Glenn for this one!-A.M.

ukraine According to a March 4 article by Reuters titled Putin says intends to work with IMF on Ukraine aid, Putin is withholding Russian aid to the Ukraine at the request of his “Western partners”…

“In principle, we would be ready to consider further steps to release more tranches … but our Western partners are asking us not to do this,” Putin told a news conference in his first public comments on Ukraine in over a week.

“They are asking us to work together in the framework of the IMF in order to persuade the government of Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities, to conduct reforms needed to revive the economy,” he said. “We intend to keep working in this channel.”<<<

In other words, he is holding back money so Ukraine will be forced to turn to the IMF if they want a bailout.

I also remind you of comments from the Russian finance minister I featured in Update 5 of this article. The quotes come from this Voice of Russia article and were made by the minister on 2/23, the day after the Ukrainian government fell…

Russia has upheld the requirements that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has demanded from the crisis-ridden Ukraine. This is according to Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. He said the group of 20 finance ministers had met on the sidelines of their economic forum to discuss opportunities of IMF granting Ukraine loans.

Siluanov said that Russia had agreed with demands that came together with cash injections.“We have previously talked with Ukraine’s economic authorities about the importance of reforming the [national currency] Hrivna rates to make them more flexible, as well as about cutting subsidies, revitalizing the budget and changing domestic [gas] tariffs,” the minister said…

Siluanov also spoke favorable about the work of the IMF, saying Russia supported its policies.

So as you can see, the Russians are fully cooperating with the Washington, DC-based IMF in pressuring Ukraine into accepting both the IMF aid package and the brutal IMF “reforms.”“>