IMF MISSION TO GAUGE UKRAINE’S REFORM PROGRESS
An online mission of the International Monetary Fund will assess Ukraine’s progress on reforms that are crucial for unlocking the next tranche of pandemic-related economic stimulus.
The lender approved a $5 billion loan program for the eastern European country last year and paid it $2.1 billion, but Ukraine’s judicial reforms have since stalled. Kiev argues it has already met all conditions for the second tranche and expects to receive a further $750 million by the end of the year.
VIETNAMESE PRESIDENT TO TRAVEL TO CUBA AHEAD OF UNGA
Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will arrive in Cuba for a three-day visit on Saturday at the invitation of the Caribbean island nation’s leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel.
From Cuba, he will travel to the United States for the opening of the UN General Assembly’s leader-level debate on Monday. The general debate will be held in New York City from September 21-24.
DC BRACES FOR FAR-RIGHT ‘JUSTICE FOR J6’ RALLY
DC police are on alert for a potential rally by far-right activists who are expected to demand justice for hundreds of rioters charged in connection with the January 6 storming of the US Capitol.
The Department of Homeland Security reportedly expects around 700 people to show up for the “Justice for J6” demonstration near the seat of the US Congress. Members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are likely to attend.