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  • 12/07/2014 | Argentina

    CFK claimes ‘responsible leaderships’, highlightes Cuba debt write-off

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin arrived at the Casa Rosada presidential palace today where he met President Cristina Fernández de Kirechner to sign bilateral cooperation agreements key areas such as energy and communications.

  • 13/07/2014 | Argentina

    Costa: Russia links prove Argentina is not isolated

    Domestic Trade secretary Augusto Costa has revealed his delight at the visit of Russia president Vladimir Putin to Argentine soil, affirming that his presence and meeting with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner proves that Argentina is not isolated in world politics.

  • 14/07/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't reiterates willingness to join BRICS ahead of Brazil summit

    Ahead of the BRICS summit to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, to which Argentina has been invited, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich reiterated the government’s willingness to join the group of emerging economies but said “it is not just a matter of Argentine will”.

  • 29/05/2014 | Argentina

    Paris club deal means 'foreign investment, trade, jobs'

    In a big day for Kirchnerites celebrating the deal signed with the Paris Club, the cabinet chief assured the debt restructuring accord has been set “responsibly.” “Argentina comits if but only if the development of its payment capacity allows so,” Jorge Capitanich said.

  • 27/06/2014 | Argentina

    Russian President Putin to visit Argentina in July

    Russian president Vladímir Putin today announced he will visit Buenos Aires in July as part of a broader Latin American trip and will meet with his Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

  • 11/07/2014 | Argentina

    CFK invites Latin American leaders to dinner with Putin

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner invited Bolivian president Evo Morales, Uruguay leader José Mujica and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro to participate in a special dinner after her meeting with the Russian head of state, Vladimir Putin.

  • 28/12/2013 | Argentina

    Camila and Hernán arrive in Buenos Aires

    Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi have arrived in the Ezeiza international airport in Buenos Aires province after being held in Russia for three months. “We will go to Ezeiza (airport) happy and excited to welcome the kids,” Camila’s dad had told reporters as he waited for her 21-year-old daugher to return home.

  • 28/05/2014 | Argentina

    Russia invites Argentina to BRICS summit, ratifies support in Malvinas case

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergi Lavrov who confirmed a formal invitation to Argentina to take part in a BRICS summit to be held in Brazil next month. The Kremlin also ratified its support to Buenos Aires in its long-standing dispute against the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands.

  • 29/05/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich on BRICS summit: 'Russia's invitation leads the way towards effective participation'

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich referred to the Russian invitation to Argentina to attend a summit of the so called BRICS countries next month in Brazil and said it “leads the way towards [Argentina’s] effective participation” in the bloc.

  • 21/11/2013 | Argentina

    Russia frees Camila Speziale after bail

    Camila Speziale, the 21-year-old Greenpeace activist that was arrested in Russia after taking part in an anti-oil drilling protest in the Arctic, has been released from prison two days after a St. Pertersburg court granted bail both to her and Hernán Pérez Orsi.

  • 26/11/2013 | Argentina

    'It's not fair to go to prison for doing good to mankind'

    Camila Speziale granted a telephone interview to a local TV cable show and said she feels a “stronger woman” after being held detained in Russia for more than a month. Still, the Greenpeace activist affirmed she is “worried' about her future.

  • 18/12/2013 | Argentina

    Greenpeace activists included in Russian amnesty

    The Russian Parliament has confirmed the decision to grant amnesties to 30 Greenpeace activists who were imprisoned on charge of vandalism for protesting in the Arctic Circle, among them Argentines Hernán Pérez Orsi and Camila Speziale.

  • 24/09/2013 | Argentina

    Greenpeace activists could face piracy charges

    Russia has charged with piracy Greenpeace activists who were arrested for trying to board an oil rig last week in protest of hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Arctic. Argentineans Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi are among the 30 members of the environmental group facing now a legal dispute and jail more than 13,000 km away from home.

  • 04/10/2013 | Argentina

    Mother of Greenpeace activist: 'I trust in a diplomatic solution'

    By Constanza Heller

    BuenosAiresHerald.com

    As she readies to travel to Russia to meet again with her daughter, Paula Boscaroli talks to the BuenosAiresHerald.com confident that the storm will go away and that Camila Speziale will get back home soon.

  • 19/11/2013 | Argentina

    Russia frees Argentina's Camila Speziale, Hernán Pérez Orsi

    A Russian court today granted bail to Hernán Pérez Orsi and Camila Speziale arrested for a Greenpeace protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic.

  • 04/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK implies Macri connected to attempts to overthrow government

    As soon as she arrived in St Petersburg to attend the G20 meeting scheduled to begin tomorrow, president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner got into the Twitter spirit again and spitted out 40 tweets connecting Mayor of Buenos Aires City Mauricio Macri with an alleged attempt to overthrow her government.

  • 06/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK, Putin, together in G20 family photo

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin today posed together in the traditional family photo of the G20 meeting held in St. Petersburg.

  • 20/09/2013 | Argentina

    Two Argentine Greenpeace activists arrested by Russian authorities

    Two Greenpeace activists from Argentina have been put into custody by the Russian coast guard as they were protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic. The organization said theyface “terrorism and illegal scientific investigations” charges.

  • 24/05/2011 | Argentina

    Gov't visit to Russia promises to strengthen strategic ties

    The Government visit to Russia, headed by Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, came to a close today with the promise of strengthening the strategic ties between both countries. Timerman mentioned, “it’s been a very important trip, to put in place strategic ties that were designed by President Cristina Kirchner and President Medvedev.”

  • 04/09/2012 | Argentina

    YPF, Gazprom move forward in joint gas exploration

    Argentine oil company YPF moved forward in the signing of an agreement with Russian state oil company Gazprom to develop conventional and nonconventional gas in Argentina and the eventual supply of liquefied gas.

  • 03/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK flies to Russia to attend the G20 summit

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was already flying to St. Petersburg to attend the G20 summit to begin next Thursday at the Constantine Palace.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Kerry makes US case against Russia over MH17 downing

    Secretary of State John Kerry laid out what he said was overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine as he made the US case against Moscow in the most emphatic and explicit terms yet.

  • 21/07/2014 | World

    British PM Cameron warns Putin: EU ready to impose tougher Russian sanctions

    British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin today that the European Union was ready to impose tougher sanctions on Russia after separatists downed a Malaysia Airlines plane with the loss of 298 lives.

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    Obama says Ukraine plane hit by separatists

    President Barack Obama said today that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday.

  • 19/07/2014 | World

    Kiev accuses Moscow of destroying MH17 evidence

    Ukraine has accused Russia and rebels of destroying evidence of "international crimes" from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that Kiev says militants shot down with a missile, killing nearly 300 people.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    France, Germany, Britain to press Russia on opening MH17 crash site

    France, Germany and Britain will press Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure that separatists in Ukraine allow investigators free access to the site of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash, the French president's office said.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels deny any involvement in Malaysia crash

    Prorrusian rebels in Ukraine denied any involvement in the crash of the Malaysia airlines Boeing 777 saying they do not have the military equipment to take down an airplane flying at 10,000.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine President Poroshenko 'does not exclude' Malaysia plane was shot down

    The official website of the President of Ukraine has released a statement confirming the head of state has initiated the “establishment of the State commission with the involvement of experts from ICAO and other international structures to investigate the tragedy with the plane of Malasya airlines Boeing 777.”

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Top Russian firms struck by US sanctions

    President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia's biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Wall Street tumbles on Malaysian airliner crash

    US stocks fell sharply lower today, with the S&P 500 posting its biggest one-day percentage drop since April 10 on news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed near the Ukraine-Russia border.

  • 12/07/2014 | World

    US encourages Ukraine President Poroshenko

    Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today, to pursue talks that could lead to a ceasefire with rebels and said Washington continued to pursue efforts to raise pressure on Russia, the White House said.

  • 14/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine claims Russian officers fighting alongside separatists

    Ukraine has accused Russian army officers of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border.

  • 16/07/2014 | World

    US imposes toughest sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis

    The United States today imposed its most wide-ranging sanctions yet on Russia's economy, including Gazprombank and the Rosneft Oil Co, and other major banks and energy and defense companies.

  • 08/07/2014 | World

    Moscow accuses the US of kidnapping Russian hacker

    Russia accused the United States of violating a bilateral treaty and "kidnapping" a Russian accused of hacking into US retailers' computer systems to steal credit card data.

  • 09/07/2014 | World

    Snowden asks Russia to extend asylum

    Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has asked Moscow to extend his asylum in Russia, his lawyer said. Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send him home to face criminal charges.

  • 10/07/2014 | World

    More Ukrainian soldiers killed in rebel clashes

    Ukrainian forces regained more ground but sustained further casualties today in clashes with separatists, while two Western allies urged Russia's Vladimir Putin to exert more pressure on the rebels to find a negotiated end to the conflict.

  • 03/07/2014 | World

    Families caught in crossfire in eastern Ukraine

    When the daily shelling starts in this besieged city in eastern Ukraine, those who have not yet fled the fighting grab their children and head underground.

  • 05/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine government forces recapture separatist stronghold

    Ukrainian forces routed pro-Russian rebels in a flashpoint area of eastern Ukraine today and raised the country's blue and yellow flag again over what had for months been the separatist redoubt of Slaviansk.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine seizes rebel stronghold of Slaviansk

    Ukrainian security officials said they were in full control of the former rebel stronghold of Slaviansk after re-taking it in a victory which President Petro Poroshenko said could mark a turning point in the fight against rebels.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    Poroshenko urges Putin to tighten borders after Ukraine violence

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged President Vladimir Putin to strengthen Russian control over its borders to prevent militants and arms entering Ukraine after violence broke a truce there.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko ends ceasefire, vows to 'attack, free our lands'

    The Ukrainian leader has affirmed he would renew operations against pro-Russian rebels, a statement on his website said, hours after a ceasefire to make way for peace talks with the rebels had expired.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    Russia and Ukraine closer to resuming ceasefire

    The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin to hold three-way talks involving pro-Moscow rebels by Saturday to pave the way for a new ceasefire, despite continued fighting that Kiev says has now killed 200 of its troops.

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Obama calls on Putin to support Ukraine peace

    The US president urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to support peace in Ukraine and said Moscow would face further sanctions if it did not take steps to reduce tensions in the country, the White House said.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine

    Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the nation's upper house to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there.

  • 25/06/2014 | World

    Russian parliament revokes right to send troops to Ukraine

    The Russian parliament has revoked the right it had granted President Putin in March to order a military intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling with a rebellion by Russian speakers in the east.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko sets out 14-step peace plan proposal

    After a late-night telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has set out proposals for a peace plan for eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces.

  • 21/06/2014 | World

    Separatists attack Ukraine forces; ceasefire under pressure

    Pro-Russian separatists attacked Ukrainian posts on the border with Russia and a military base, and tried to storm an airforce base overnight into Saturday, government forces said, putting a Ukrainian unilateral ceasefire under pressure.

  • 22/06/2014 | World

    Putin urges Kiev to stop fighting, begin dialogue

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that artillery was used in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and urged Kiev to cease fighting and begin dialogue with the rebels.

  • 14/06/2014 | World

    49 dead as pro-Russia separatists down Ukraine army plane

    Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday in the eastern city of Luhansk, killing all 49 military personnel on board. The toll is the highest suffered by government forces.

  • 15/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine, Russia hold last-ditch gas talks

    Ukraine and Russia made a last-ditch attempt to reach a deal in a gas pricing dispute, hours before a deadline for Kiev to pay a $1.95 billion debt or have its gas supplies cut off.

  • 16/06/2014 | World

    Russia cuts off gas to Ukraine as talks fail

    Russia has cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace between the former Soviet neighbours.

  • 06/06/2014 | World

    Obama urges Putin to seize chance on Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama urged Russia's Vladimir Putin during a brief informal meeting in France today to seize the opportunity to ease tensions in Ukraine after the election of Petro Poroshenko as president, a White House official said.

  • 07/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's new leader stands up to Moscow over Crimea and Europe

    Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko said his country would never give up Crimea and would not compromise on its path towards closer ties with Europe, spelling out a defiant message to Russia in his inaugural speech.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    Russia, Ukraine hold last-minute gas talks

    Officials from Ukraine and Russia met late in last-minute talks brokered by the EU to resolve a dispute that could halt the flow of gas from Russia.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    Obama backs Ukraine’s Poroshenko, reassures east European allies

    US President Barack Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko, pledged financial and security help, and assured east European NATO allies that the United States would defend their territorial integrity.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    G7 willing to step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    The world's leading industrialised nations threatened today to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias continue to operate at will.

  • 05/06/2014 | World

    G7 with absent Russia condemns Moscow's 'violation of Ukraine's sovereignty'

    The United States and its allies used the first Group of Seven meeting without Russia in 17 years to condemn Moscow's actions in Ukraine and threaten hard-hitting sanctions if President Vladimir Putin does not help restore stability.

  • 29/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels take down Ukrainian helicopter, 14 killed

    Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush rebellions in the east swiftly following the election of a new president.

  • 31/05/2014 | World

    Six pro-Russian rebels reported killed around Donetsk airport

    Ukrainian separatist leader Denis Pushilin said six rebels had been killed while trying to collect the bodies of comrades who had died under Ukrainian army fire earlier this week close to Donetsk airport.

  • 02/06/2014 | World

    Russia and Ukraine analyse gas dispute plan while fighting continues

    Russia and Ukraine have agreed to consider a proposal for Kiev to pay off a multi-billion-dollar gas bill that has soured relations between Moscow and Kiev, while fighting raged all day in eastern Ukraine.

  • 22/05/2014 | World

    Russia, China veto UN effort to refer Syria to International Court

    Russia and China have vetoed a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country's three-year civil war.

  • 24/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine prepares to vote after bloodshed

    Candidates in Ukraine's presidential election were staying out of the public eye, observing a ban on campaigning on the eve of a vote that Kiev hopes can help end a bitter confrontation with Russia.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    At least 50 rebels killed in unprecedented assault by Ukraine gov't

    The government said it suffered no losses in the assault, which began with air strikes hours after Ukrainians voted to elect a 48-year-old billionaire confectionary magnate as their new president.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    Russia says troops preparing to leave Ukraine border

    Russian said that troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border had now dismantled equipment and were moving to train stations and airfields for return to their permanent bases, but NATO said it saw no sign of a pullout.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    China and Russia seal key gas supply deal

    Both countries signed a $400-billion gas supply deal, securing the world's top energy user a major new source of cleaner fuel and opening a new market for Moscow as Europeans look elsewhere for their energy.

  • 22/05/2014 | World

    Russia: Prince Charles' remarks on Putin 'outrageous'

    Russian Embassy in London said Prince Charles' reported remarks on Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, whose actions he allegedly compared to those taken by Hitler in Europe in World War II, were "outrageous".

  • 18/05/2014 | World

    Crimean Tatars defy ban to commemorate Soviet deportation

    Defying a ban by their new Russian-backed rulers, thousands of Crimean Tatars gathered at a mosque to commemorate the day 70 years ago the mass deportation of their families began under the orders of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

  • 19/05/2014 | World

    Putin pulls troops back from Ukraine borders

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said. However, NATO sees no sign of troops returning.

  • 20/05/2014 | World

    Jury convicts five of killing Politkovskaya

    A Moscow jury has convicted five men for the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Russian news agencies reported, including three defendants who had been acquitted in a previous trial.

  • 14/05/2014 | World

    Kiev holds peace talks without the rebels

    Ukraine's interim leaders pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis.

  • 15/05/2014 | World

    US, EU agree on more sanctions if Russia disrupts Ukrainian elections

    The United States and its European allies have found broad unity that Russia should face sectoral sanctions if the Kremlin tries to disrupt Ukrainian elections later this month, a senior US official said.

  • 17/05/2014 | World

    Separatists recapture their leader on the eve of peace talks in Ukraine

    Pro-Russian separatist leader Valery Bolotov was detained by Ukrainian border guards today then freed by armed supporters in a firefight at the checkpoint, a Ukrainian spokesman said.

  • 12/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russians declare victory on self-rule referendum

    Separatists in the industrial Donetsk region claimed 90 percent support in the referendum, and appealed to Moscow to consider its absorbtion into the Russian Federation to "restore historic justice".

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Six Ukrainian soldiers killed by pro-Russians

    Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk, the Defence Ministry said.

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Kiev urges Russia not to use natural gas as a "weapon"

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk urged Russia not to use natural gas as a "weapon" against his country, and accused Moscow of seizing tens of billions of dollars' worth of its assets and resources in Crimea.

  • 09/05/2014 | World

    Putin arrives in Crimea, sparks Kiev condemnation

    President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea for parades marking the Soviet victory in World War Two, his first visit since annexing the peninsula from a Ukraine that Russia says has been taken over by fascists.

  • 11/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russians hold independence votes in Eastern Ukraine

    Pro-Moscow rebels expressed confidence that eastern Ukraine had chosen self-rule in a referendum today, with some saying that meant independence and others eventual union with Russia as fighting flared in a conflict increasingly out of control.

  • 11/05/2014 | World

    Merkel, Hollande ready for further sanctions against Russia

    Germany and France are ready to agree more extensive sanctions against Russia if a planned presidential election in Ukraine on May 25 is foiled, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande said.

  • 08/05/2014 | World

    Despite Putin's call, pro-Russia separatists ratify self-rule vote

    Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russia's Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war.

  • 08/05/2014 | World

    Russia retaliates with US, Canada sanctions

    "Sanctions are not our method in general, but unfriendly actions force us to respond. The most recent sanctions [imposed by] Washington and Ottawa are no exception," Russian ministry spokesman said.

  • 06/05/2014 | World

    Kerry: Ukraine referendum 'contrived and bogus'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry rejected efforts by pro-Russian forces to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine, but he suggested that fresh sanctions against Russia now could be counterproductive.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Kiev forces make progress in key city of Mariupol

    Ukrainian forces seized the rebel-held city hall in the eastern port city of Mariupol overnight, driving out pro-Russian activists, then withdrew, making no attempt to hold onto the building.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Putin pulls troops from Ukrainian border and asks rebels to put off referendum

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held and announced he was pulling Russian troops back from the Ukrainian border, in what appears to be a breakthrough in the worst crisis between East and West since the Cold War.

  • 05/05/2014 | World

    Petrified in Ukraine

    By Ivan Briscoe

    Conflict reeks of foreign-meddling but do powers still control the forces that have been set into motion?

  • 05/05/2014 | World

    Kiev sends new special forces to Odessa

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk, and Kiev drafted police special forces to the southwestern port city of Odessa to halt a feared westward spread of rebellion.

  • 06/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine and Russia far from peace talks

    The Ukraine crisis has led to a confrontation between Moscow and the West unseen since the darkest days of the Cold War and peace talks seem to be moving further away.

  • 03/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine conflict escalates, at least 42 killed in riot

    At least 42 people were killed in street battles between supporters and opponents of Russia in southern Ukraine that ended with dozens of pro-Russian protesters incinerated in a burning building, bringing the country closer to war.

  • 03/05/2014 | World

    Russia urges US to use 'influence' to stop Kiev's military operations

    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told his US counterpart John Kerry that the US should use its influence to make Ukraine's government immediately stop military operations in south-east Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry has said.

  • 04/05/2014 | World

    Pro-Russians storm police station, free nearly 70 militants

    Pro-Russian militants stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odessa on Sunday and freed nearly 70 fellow activists as the country's leaders lamented a police force they said was widely undermined by graft or collaboration with separatists.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    IMF approves $17 billion bailout for Ukraine

    The International Monetary Fund's board signed off on a $17 billion two-year aid program for Ukraine to help the ex-Soviet republic's economy recover after months of turmoil.

  • 01/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine detains Russian military attaché for spying

    Ukraine said it had detained Russia's military attaché to Kiev on suspicion of spying and ordered him to leave, as the ex-Soviet republic wrestles with an armed uprising it says is orchestrated by Moscow.

  • 02/05/2014 | World

    Rebels down two Ukraine helicopters

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian helicopters, killing two crew, as troops tightened their siege of separatist-held Slaviansk and Moscow accused Kiev of launching a "criminal" assault that wrecked hopes of peace.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    Russia condemns 'Cold War-like' US sanctions

    A senior Russian diplomat sharply criticised a new round of US sanctions, saying the measures were illegitimate and uncivilised and that restrictions on high-tech exports from the United States marked a return to Cold War practices.

  • 29/04/2014 | World

    EU broadens sanctions, Ukraine separatists halt talks on detainees

    The European Union released details of broadened sanctions imposed on Russia today. The Union froze assets and banned visas on 15 Russian officials and Ukrainian rebel leaders. In response, Ukraine separatist refused talks on detained European observers if sanctions remain.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    Kiev on full military alert as separatists gain control of eastern Ukraine

    Ukraine's armed forces went on full military alert to face the threat of a Russian invasion, the government said. Meanwhile, pro-Russian separatists have seized government offices in another Ukrainian town in a further sign that pro-Western authorities in Kiev are losing control.

  • 27/04/2014 | World

    Obama urges united response against Russia in Ukraine stand-off

    US President Barack Obama urged the United States and Europe to join forces to impose sanctions on Russia to stop it destabilising Ukraine, where armed pro-Russian separatists freed a Swedish observer today, but said they had no plans to release seven other European monitors they have been holding for three days.

  • 27/04/2014 | World

    Separatists seize control of TV HQ in Donetsk

    Pro-Russian separatists have seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead.

  • 28/04/2014 | World

    US and EU to intensify sanctions against Russia

    The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow's actions in Ukraine. European Union governments reached a preliminary agreement on similar sanctions.

  • 24/04/2014 | World

    Ukrainian forces move East, Russia responds with military drills

    After the re-launching of an anti-terrorist operation, Ukrainian forces killed up to five separatists in the east of the country. In response, Russia started military drills near the Ukrainian border.

  • 25/04/2014 | World

    US ready for broader sanctions if Russia enters Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama confirmed he will talk to European leaders later today about the situation in Ukraine, and may be ready to impose broader sanctions if Russia escalates actions in support of rebels in the country's east.

  • 26/04/2014 | World

    G7 okays sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

    Leaders of the Group of Seven major economies agreed to impose extra sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separatists detained a group of international observers and accused them of being NATO spies.

  • 22/04/2014 | World

    Kiev relaunches anti-terrorist operation after politician killed

    Ukraine's acting president accused Russia of aiding "terrorists" who killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in the east that could hamper international efforts to defuse the crisis.

  • 23/04/2014 | World

    Russia ready to respond to Ukraine crisis ‘like in Georgia’

    Russian is ready to respond to the Ukrainian crisis as it did in Georgia in 2008 –sending troops- if its 'legitimate' interests are attacked, Foreign Minister Serghiei Lavrov said.

  • 23/04/2014 | World

    East Ukraine militants confirm they are detaining US reporter

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have confirmed they are detaining a US journalist working with Vice News.

  • 20/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine: Deadly clash threatens Geneva accord

    At least four people were killed in a gunfight early today near Slaviansk, a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking a fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.

  • 21/04/2014 | World

    US could hit Putin with sanctions

    The United States could potentially impose sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin himself over the crisis in Ukraine, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday, but she suggested such a step would not be taken soon.

  • 22/04/2014 | World

    Biden to Russia: It’s time to ‘stop talking and start acting’

    US Vice President Joe Biden, on a visit to Kiev, called Moscow to remove troops built up on the borders of Ukraine and to "stop talking and start acting" on the surrender of pro-Russian separatist militants in the east of the country.

  • 17/04/2014 | World

    Snowden makes surprise appearance on TV phone-in hosted by Putin

    It was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia gave the American refuge after he disclosed monitoring data by the US.

  • 17/04/2014 | World

    US, EU, Russia, Ukraine call for end to violence

    The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have called together for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

  • 18/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.

  • 15/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation against Russian militia

    Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • 16/04/2014 | World

    Transnitria moves toward secession from Moldova

    The Supreme Council of Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova, urged Russia, the UN and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to recognize its independence, in a first step towards a future annexation to Russia.

  • 16/04/2014 | World

    Separatists seize army vehicles, humiliating Ukraine forces

    Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army today, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

  • 13/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine to rebels: Disarm or face military operation

    Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

  • 14/04/2014 | World

    Separatists tighten grip on east Ukraine, EU agrees more Russia sanctions

    Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine today, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow's partisans essentially unopposed.

  • 09/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine: Separatists build barricades in the east; Kiev warns of force

    Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades around the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk today and called on President Vladimir Putin for help after the government warned it could use force to restore order.

  • 10/04/2014 | World

    Satellite photos show Russian military buildup near Ukraine, says NATO

    NATO presented satellite photographs today that showed Russian deployments of 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier along with tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft ready for action.

  • 10/04/2014 | World

    Council of Europe assembly suspends Russian members

    Russia was suspended from the parliamentary assembly of European human rights watchdog the Council of Europe today in protest at Moscow's behaviour towards Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Kiev moves against pro-Russian protesters in Eastern Ukraine

    After pro-Russians protesters in Donetsk yesterday seized in arms and declared the region independent from Kiev, Ukrainian police detained 70 demonstrators occupying a regional administration building in eastern Ukraine overnight.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Kerry says willing to take blame for US foreign policy failures

    US Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from US senators, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    US, Russia, Ukraine and EU to meet on Ukraine crisis, EU says

    The United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine will meet at ministerial level next week to discuss the Ukraine crisis, the EU said today, offering a glimpse of possible diplomatic progress in the conflict.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    Russia protests over German minister's Nazi-Crimea comparison

    Russia protested to Germany over remarks by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble likening Russia's annexation of Crimea to Nazi Germany's expansion under Adolf Hitler. "We consider such pseudo-historical references by the German minister provocative," the Russian foreign ministry said.

  • 06/04/2014 | World

    Pro-Russia protesters seize Ukraine buildings, Kiev blames Putin

    Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east Ukrainian cities today, triggering accusations from the pro-European government in Kiev that President Vladimir Putin was orchestrating "separatist disorder".

  • 07/04/2014 | World

    Pro-Moscow protesters seize arms in Ukraine, declare republic

    Pro-Moscow protesters in eastern Ukraine have seized arms in one city and declared a separatist republic in another, in moves Kiev described as part of a Russian-orchestrated plan to justify an invasion to dismember the country.

  • 01/04/2014 | World

    NATO interrupts cooperation with Russia over Crimea annexation

    Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, US-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region touched off the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • 02/04/2014 | World

    UN will treat Crimea as part of Ukraine, not Russia, says US

    In a diplomatic blow to Russia, the United Nations will continue to view Crimea as part of Ukraine in line with a General Assembly resolution adopted last week, the United States and Western diplomats said.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    UN reports almost half Syria chemicals packed for removal

    Syria has packed 40 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal into containers to be taken outside the country and destroyed, and convoy security has been deployed to deal with violence around the port city of Latakia, the head of the mission overseeing the operation said.

  • 30/03/2014 | World

    Russia's Lavrov says Moscow, Washington to work with Ukraine

    Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said today that Moscow and Washington had agreed to work with the Ukrainian government and the country's people to overcome the crisis, after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian agencies reported.

  • 31/03/2014 | World

    Russian prime minister visits Crimea

    Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there , angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.

  • 01/04/2014 | World

    No sign of Russian pullback from Ukraine, says NATO

    NATO studied new steps to bolster its military presence in eastern Europe while saying it saw no sign that Russia was withdrawing tens of thousands of troops from the Ukrainian border.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    US Congress passes bills for Ukraine aid, sanctions

    The US Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    Open verdict recorded by coroner on death of oligarch Berezovsky

    A British coroner has said he could not be sure if exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky killed himself at his former wife's British home or was the victim of foul play.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it has 'no intention, interest' in crossing Ukraine's borders

    Russia has said it had no intention of sending its armed forces into Ukraine, signaling Moscow wants to ease tensions in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold war.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea

    Ukraine announced the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea today, effectively acknowledging defeat in the face of Russian forces, who stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    G7 warns of more Russia sanctions if crisis in Ukraine escalates

    US President Barack Obama and major industrialised allies have warned Russia it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilise Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Obama urges EU to reduce dependency on Russian energy

    US President Barack Obama has told the European Union it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

  • 22/03/2014 | World

    Russian troops besiege Crimea base, issue 'surrender' ultimatum

    The base, above which the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag was flying, is one of the few military facilities on Crimea still controlled by Ukraine after the annexation of the peninsula by Russian forces.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    Russia says flag now flying over 189 Crimea military sites, complying with limits

    Russia said its flag is now flying over 189 Ukrainian military installations in the Crimea, the defence ministry said on Sunday, two days after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    US Congress Republicans want small arms sent to help Ukraine

    Republicans in the US Congress have urged the Obama administration to dispatch small weapons and other military equipment to aid Ukraine as Russian troops amassed at that country's eastern border.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Standard & Poor's sees 'negative' Russia outlook following sanctions

    International rating agency Standard & Poor's have lowered the outlook on Russia to "negative", due to a torrent of sanctions slapped on the nation from the United States and European Union during the current crisis in Crimea.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    EU expands Russia sanctions with 12 new names

    European Union leaders have agreed to expand the bloc's list of people targeted with sanctions over tensions in Ukraine by 12 names and warned that further economic measures against Russia could be taken if the situation in Ukraine worsens.

  • 21/03/2014 | World

    Putin signs laws annexing Crimea

    President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea today, as investors took fright at a US decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

    The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Ahead of summit, Europe weighs Russia sanctions

    European leaders were analyzing how to tighten the screws on Russia following its seizure of Crimea, how to support Ukraine's stricken economy and how best to wean themselves off Russian energy in years to come.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    Ukrainian serviceman killed, PM decries 'war crime'

    A Ukrainian serviceman was killed today at a Ukrainian base that came under attack in Crimea's main town Simferopol, the first death on the peninsula from a military clash since the region came under Russian control three weeks ago.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    White House promises new Russia sanctions

    The White House has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and said it was preparing a fresh round of sanctions in response to the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

    The US warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • 17/03/2014 | World

    US, EU set sanctions as Putin recognises Crimea 'sovereignty'

    The United States and European Union have imposed personal sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognising the region as a sovereign state.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    Putin signs Crimea treaty, while foreign minister slams sanctions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty today making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    US warns of Russia sanctions over Crimea

    The White House has warned President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would face sanctions in coming days and international isolation that will hurt Russia's economy, as Washington fumed over a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Crimeans vote in referendum for union with Russia

    Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia today, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders "the ground will burn under their feet".

  • 17/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine parliament backs mobilising 40,000 reservists against Russia's 'blatant aggression'

    Ukraine's parliament endorsed today a plan to mobilise 40,000 reservists to counter Russia's "blatant aggression" in Crimea and guard against what a senior official described as further incursions in the south and east of the country.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Draft UN resolution declares Crimea referendum invalid

    A draft UN Security Council resolution declares that Sunday's planned referendum on Crimea's status "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it, according to a copy obtained by Reuters.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Kerry and Lavrov fail to reach breakthrough

    The US and Russia found no middle ground on the Ukraine crisis, with the Russians saying they would respect an independence referendum in Crimea and the Americans vowing to impose sanctions if they do.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Crimeans vote on union with Russia as troops build up rapidly

    Crimeans voted in a referendum today on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, with Kiev accusing Moscow of rapidly building up its armed forces on the peninsula in "crude violation" of an international treaty.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Kerry: US, EU ready to act if Crimea vote held

    The United States and the European Union will take serious steps against Russia if a referendum planned for Sunday in Ukraine's Crimea region results in Russian annexation, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Russia vows to veto US draft at UN declaring Crimea vote illegal

    The United States circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would declare Sunday's planned referendum on independence for Ukraine's Crimea region illegal, but Russia has vowed to veto it, council diplomats said.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    More Russian troops shipped into Crimea as Ukraine crisis escalates

    Russia has shipped more troops into Crimea and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine, showing no sign of listening to Western pleas to back off from the worst confrontation since the Cold War.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    US Senate bill seeks sanctions on Russia

    US lawmakers will consider legislation that would impose strict sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, implement reforms of the International Monetary Fund and provide aid to the new government in Kiev.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    Obama: Russia faces costs over Ukraine intervention

    US Obama warned Russia the West would be forced to apply a cost to Moscow if it fails to change course in its dispute with Ukraine, in a high-profile show of support for Ukraine's prime minister.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Russia intensifies military activity near Ukraine

    Russia has launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, showing no sign of backing down in its plans to annex its neighbor's Crimea region despite a stronger than expected drive for sanctions from the EU and United States.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    US won't recognize Crimea annexation

    The United States will not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia if residents of the region vote to leave Ukraine in a referendum next week, US national security official Tony Blinken said.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    Crimea's Parliament asks to join Russian Federation, Ukraine calls for US, UK assistance

    The Parliament in Crimea have asked Moscow today to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation and closed its airspace to commercial flights.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    G7 leaders tell Russia to halt Crimea referendum

    Leaders of the Group of Seven economies told Russia to stop its work on a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region and "cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea" or face action.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Moscow warns sanctions will 'boomerang'

    Russia has said any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Kerry urges Russia to exercise utmost restraint in Ukraine's Crimea

    US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia today that any steps to annex Ukraine's Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy, a US State Department official said.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Putin defends Crimea's decision to hold referendum

    Russian President Vladimir Putin defended breakaway moves by the pro-Russian leaders of Crimea in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Congress steps into action on Ukraine

    The US House of Representatives approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by US lawmakers to the worst crisis in US-Russia relations since the Cold War.

  • 07/03/2014 | World

    Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

    President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from US Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying today that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Moscow warns sanctions will 'boomerang'

    Russia has said any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Little progress made in diplomatic efforts to solve Ukraine crisis

    High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia's foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Obama and Cameron consult on Ukraine

    President Barack Obama spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

    Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia today and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it would retaliate for US sanctions as Kerry visits Kiev

    Russia warned the United States from taking unilateral sanctions against its country, while Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    China's Xi says Russia can push for political solution in Ukraine

    Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he believes Russia can push for a political settlement to the Ukraine crisis in coordination with other parties, China's foreign ministry said.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Russia says can't control Crimea troops; NATO, Moscow to hold talks

    Russian forces remain in control of Crimea, where Interfax reported they seized control of two Ukrainian missile defence sites overnight, and Putin gave no sign of backing down.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Russian markets plunge as Putin tightens Crimea grip

    Russia paid a heavy financial price for its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    US prepares sanctions against Russia

    The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region although no decisions have yet been made, the US State Department said.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Putin says use of military force in Ukraine choice of last resort

    Vladimir Putin has said that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now and that ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich was still the legitimate leader of Ukraine.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    German foreign minister Steinmeier against excluding Russia from G8

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged world leaders to work to calm the crisis in Ukraine and defended Russia's membership of the Group of Eight leading economies, which enabled the West to talk directly with Moscow.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Medvedev warns Ukraine's new leaders they won't last

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook that Ukraine's leaders had seized power illegally, and predicted their rule would end with "a new revolution" and new bloodshed.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Ukrainian leader urges to stop aggression

    Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighboring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine mobilises after Russia's 'declaration of war'

    Ukraine mobilised for war, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine

    US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened "very serious repercussions" from the United States and other countries, including sanctions to isolate Russia economically.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    NATO meets on Ukraine, says Russia risks destabilizing Europe

    NATO's secretary-general warned Moscow it was threatening peace in Europe with its seizure of Crimea and should "de-escalate tensions", but diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine will seek Yanukovich extradition if he is in Russia

    Ukraine will ask Russia to extradite ousted President Viktor Yanukovich if it is confirmed that he is in Russia, the general prosecutor's office said today.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    Yanukovich says will 'continue struggle for Ukraine's future'

    Viktor Yanukovich, appearing in public for the first time since he was ousted as Ukraine's president, said in Russia today he would not give up the fight for his country's future.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Syria submits new 100-day plan for removal of chemical weapons

    Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5 deadline, but the international mission overseeing the operation believes it can be done in a shorter time frame, diplomats said today.

  • 23/02/2014 | World

    Russian gov't accuses Ukraine opposition of seizing power

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of States John Kerry opponents of Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich had failed to abide by a peace deal they signed on Friday and had seized power, the ministry said.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine crisis: Putin puts Russian troops on alert

    President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine today, the Kremlin's boldest gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president in Kiev.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    US warns of cybersecurity, privacy threats at Sochi Olympics

    The United States issued a fresh travel alert for Americans attending the Sochi Winter Olympics, citing cybersecurity threats and warning them to have "no expectation of privacy" using Russian communications networks.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Syria peace talks failure spurs US-Russia recriminations

    The United States accused Damascus today of paralyzing Geneva peace talks, while Russia said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward a military, not a negotiated, outcome to a civil war whose death toll exceeds 140,000.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Russia boosts Ukraine with new credit

    Russia said today it would give Ukraine a fresh cash injection of $2 billion to support its heavily indebted economy in a boost to the embattled president in Kiev, who has been forced onto the back foot by 12 weeks of unrest.

  • 05/02/2014 | World

    Syria misses deadline to hand over all critical chemicals

    Syria today missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Moscow accuses US of fomenting Ukraine coup

    An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of US diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Syria starts evacuating civilians from besieged Homs center

    Syria began evacuating civilians from a besieged area of Homs today while Russia announced that Syria's warring parties had agreed a three-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid in to those who remain.

  • 03/02/2014 | World

    Student detained after killing two in Moscow school shooting

    A Moscow high-school student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom today before he was disarmed and detained, police said, just days before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics.

  • 03/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine president Yanukovich warns 'radicals' on return

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich returned to work today after four days of sick leave, issuing a warning about rising "radicalism" after more than two months of unrest but giving no word on a new prime minister.

  • 04/02/2014 | World

    Russia: Syria to ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction

    Russia has said its ally Syria would soon ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction after being accused of dragging its feet, while activists said civilians in Aleppo were fleeing deadly barrel bomb raids by President Bashar al-Assad's air force.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Elton John rebukes Russia's anti-gay law, cites Moscow visit

    Pop singer Elton John spoke out on Wednesday against Russia's ban on homosexual propaganda, saying the law legitimized homophobia and provided legal cover to extremists.

  • 26/01/2014 | World

    Protesters clash with police in Ukraine after Yanukovich compromises

    Police have clashed with protesters in central Kiev and the fate of Ukraine's government was uncertain after embattled President Viktor Yanukovich offered important posts to opposition leaders, including the role of prime minister.

  • 02/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Yanukovich to return, opposition demands change

    Ukraine's embattled president Viktor Yanukovich announced he would return to work after four days' sick leave, as protesters filled Kiev's main square demanding he give up power.

  • 19/01/2014 | World

    Protesters clash with police at Ukraine protest

    Protesters attacked riot police with sticks in Kiev and tried to overturn a bus blocking their path to parliament, as up to 100,000 Ukrainians massed in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government demonstrations.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Russian lawyer says Snowden in danger after hostile remarks

    Edward Snowden needs better security after a news report quoted unnamed US intelligence officials saying they wanted the former spy agency contractor dead and discussing ways to kill him, his Russian lawyer said.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine protest leaves 3 dead, PM takes hard line

    Ukraine's prime minister has assured that anti-government protests had brought "terrorists" onto the streets of Kiev and pledged to punish all "criminal action", even as protesters confronted police near government headquarters.

  • 01/01/2014 | World

    Putin meets Volgograd bombing victims

    Russian President Vladimir Putin met wounded victims of deadly suicide bombings in the city of Volgograd, heaping condemnation on the attacks that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Putin eases curbs on protests in Sochi for Winter Olympics

    President Vladimir Putin has eased curbs on demonstrations in the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi in a gesture likely to burnish Russia's image ahead of an event dogged by security and human rights worries.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad

    In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armoured vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say.

  • 31/12/2013 | World

    Putin vows to annihilate "terrorists" after suicide bombings

    President Vladimir Putin vowed to annihilate "terrorists" following two deadly bomb attacks in less than 24 hours in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.

  • 30/12/2013 | World

    Second suicide bomber in Russia kills 14

    A bomb ripped apart a bus in Volgograd killing 14 people in the second deadly attack blamed on suicide bombers in the Russian city in 24 hours and raising fears of Islamist attacks on the Winter Olympics.

  • 26/12/2013 | World

    Russia says Arafat died of natural causes

    Russia has said former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, but a Palestinian official called the finding "politicised" and said an investigation would continue.

  • 27/12/2013 | World

    More Greenpeace activists leave Russia

    Six more of the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest over Arctic oil drilling have left Russia after being granted an amnesty.

  • 29/12/2013 | World

    Suicide bomber kills at least 16 at Russian train station

    A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the entrance hall of a Russian train station today, killing at least 14 people in the second deadly attack within three days as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    Russia agrees $15-bn Ukraine bailout, intensifying protests

    Russia has agreed a $15-billion bailout for Ukraine and slashed the price of gas exports, in a deal that keeps the cash-strapped country in Moscow's orbit but fuelled street protests in Kiev.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Russia drops charges against Greenpeace activists

    Russia formally dropped criminal charges against Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest against Arctic oil drilling and was expected to shortly do the same for all 30, the environmental group said.

  • 07/12/2013 | World

    Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel

    President Barack Obama defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.

  • 10/12/2013 | World

    Russia amnesty could benefit Greenpeace activists

    Two members of punk protest band Pussy Riot could be freed from prison and 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest could avoid jail under an amnesty proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, lawyers have said. Among the activists of the environmental organization are Argentina's Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi.

  • 13/12/2013 | World

    Russia won't let activists go home: Greenpeace

    Russian investigators have indicated foreign activists facing trial for a protest against Arctic oil drilling cannot leave the country, meaning they won't be home for Christmas despite an international court ruling, Greenpeace has said.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Israeli leader lobbies in Russia against Iran deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Russia to insist world powers set tough terms for Iran in any deal reached in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • 28/11/2013 | World

    Russia grants bail to last of Greenpeace activists

    A Russian court granted bail to the last Greenpeace protester still in custody over a protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic. Among the activists are Argentina's Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi.

  • 28/11/2013 | World

    One dead, nine injured in shelling of Damascus Russian embassy

    One Syrian was killed and nine others were injured during a mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

  • 18/11/2013 | World

    Putin tells Iran's leader there is 'real chance' for nuclear deal

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Iran's Hassan Rouhani there was a "real chance" for a nuclear deal, two days before Tehran resumes talks with world powers, hoping to end a decade-long standoff over its atomic programme.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Russian court grants bail to captain of Greenpeace ship

    A Russian court granted bail to the American captain of a Greenpeace ship that was used in a protest against Arctic oil drilling in which 30 people were detained.

  • 11/11/2013 | World

    Greenpeace activists held in Russia being moved to St. Petersburg

    Thirty people arrested in Russia were moved from the northern city of Murmansk on their way to pre-trial detention centres in St. Petersburg. The transfe may be aimed at curbing international criticism of Russia over what Greenpeace says was a peaceful protest.

  • 14/11/2013 | World

    McCartney asks Putin to help free Greenpeace activists

    Former Beatle Paul McCartney said he had written to President Vladimir Putin to enlist his help in securing the release of a group of Greenpeace activists detained in Russia. Among the arrested are Argentineans Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi.

  • 16/11/2013 | World

    Iran, world powers close to nuclear deal: Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov

    Global powers and Iran are close to a preliminary deal to rein in Tehran's nuclear programme and should not pass up a "very good chance" to clinch it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks broadcast.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Dutch ask sea tribunal to release Greenpeace activists

    The Netherlands asked an international court to order Russia to release 30 people detained during a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic at a tribunal Moscow refused to attend.

  • 07/11/2013 | World

    Greenpeace activists in Russia to face additional charges

    Russian is to press additional charges of resisting law officers against several Greenpeace activists who were arrested for a protest at the country's first offshore Arctic oil rig, investigators said.

  • 09/11/2013 | World

    Brief unity in Venezuela over Miss Universe win

    Squabbling bitterly every day over politics and economics, Venezuelans of all creeds could at least unite briefly to hail their latest beauty queen.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    German lawmaker meets Snowden, says he may help German spy inquiry

    A German lawmaker said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow and the fugitive former US spy agency contractor was willing to help German investigations into reports the United States tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    US Russia fail to agree Syria peace talks date

    The United States and Russia failed to agree a date for a Syrian peace conference, remaining divided over what role Iran might play in talks to end the civil war and over who would represent Syria's opposition.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    Dutch take Russia to maritime court to free Greenpeace activists

    The Netherlands will ask an international court to order Russia to release 30 people detained during a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Russia to boycott sea law tribunal on Greenpeace case

    Russian Foreign Ministry officially announced today that Moscow “will not accept the arbitration procedure in the Arctic Sunrise case”. Yesterday, the Dutch government asked the international Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to order Russia to release 28 Greenpeace activists and 2 freelancers detained during an environmental protest in the Arctic Sea.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Russia drops piracy charges against Greenpeace activists

    Russia has dropped piracy charges against 30 people involved in a Greenpeace protest over Arctic oil drilling, replacing them with lesser charges, the Itar-Tass news agency reported citing federal investigators.

  • 26/10/2013 | World

    'Free the Artic 30' protest reaches Eiffel Tower

    A Greenpeace activist suspended himself from the Eiffel Tower to call for the release of 30 people who have spent more than a month in a Russian jail over a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    'Edward Snowden has more secrets to share', father says

    The father of the ex US spy agency contractor said his son has more secrets to share and should stay in Russia "to make sure the true story is told."

  • 21/10/2013 | World

    Six killed in Russia bus attack, female suicide bomber

    A female suicide bomber attacked a bus in southern Russia, authorities said, killing at least six people in the deadliest such blast outside the volatile North Caucasus region in nearly three years.

  • 22/10/2013 | World

    Putin says foreign rivals use radical Islam to weaken Russia

    President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals today of using radical Islam to weaken the Russian state, a day after a suicide bombing blamed on a Muslim woman.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    New judicial setback for Greenpeace activists, Russia refuses bail to Britons

    Two Britons held in Russia for a Greenpeace protest were ordered to remain in pre-trial detention, a defeat for the first of the many foreigners among the 30 detainees to seek bail. Argentineans Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi might face a similar judicial setback.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    Russia denies bail for Greenpeace US captain, Argentine activist

    Russia denied bail to Greenpeace Captain Peter Willcox and Argentine activist Camila Speziale who are among 30 environmentalists arrested on charges of piracy over a protest at an Arctic drilling platform.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    Over 1,500 migrants rounded up after ethnic riots in Moscow

    Russian police rounded up more than 1,600 migrants in Moscow after rioting swept through a southern neighbourhood over the stabbing of a Russian that many blame on a man from the Caucasus region.

  • 06/10/2013 | World

    Chemical experts begin destroying Syria's weapons arsenal

    A team of international experts has begun the process of destroying Syria's chemical gas arsenal, an official on the mission said.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    Greenpeace condemns 'inhumane conditions' for detained activists

    Environmental campaigners Greenpeace have condemned the treatment of 30 activists currently held in Russian custody, stating that the imprisoned individuals are being detained in "inhumane" conditions.

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Greenpeace boss urges meeting with Putin, Moscow reveals 'narcotics' accusations

    Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin offering himself as "guarantor" of the activists that remain arrested in Murmansk since September.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Greenpeace activists charged with piracy

    Russian authorities charged Greenpeace activists from several nations with piracy over a protest against Arctic oil drilling at a platform owned by the state-controlled energy company Gazprom , the environmental group said.

  • 03/10/2013 | World

    Russia charges 30 with piracy over Greenpeace Arctic protest

    Russia has pressed piracy charges against all 30 people arrested after the environmental group Greenpeace staged a protest at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic, investigators said today.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Russia dismisses Dutch legal action over Greenpeace activists

    Russia shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy, saying the group's protest at an Arctic oil platform had been "pure provocation."

  • 18/09/2013 | World

    Russia says UN report on Syria attack preconceived, political

    Russia denounced UN investigators' findings on a poison gas attack in Syria as preconceived and tainted by politics stepping up its criticism of a report Western nations said proved President Bashar al-Assad's forces were responsible.

  • 25/09/2013 | World

    Greenpeace activists 'not pirates but did break law,' Putin says

    President Vladimir Putin said Greenpeace activists arrested for staging a protest at Russia's first offshore oil platform had violated international law but signaled they should not face charges of piracy.

  • 26/09/2013 | World

    Russian courts order activists held over Arctic oil protest

    A Russian court ordered seven Greenpeace activists and a photographer held in custody for two months pending further investigation over a protest against offshore Arctic oil drilling. Argentina's Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi are among the 30 protesters facing piracy charges.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    President Putin says US strike on Syria could escalate conflict

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a US strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks.

  • 12/09/2013 | World

    High-stakes US-Russian talks open, Syria to join chemical arms ban

    The United States and Russia began talks on Moscow's plan for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons as Damascus formally applied to join a global poison gas ban, but Secretary of State John Kerry underscored that US military force may still be necessary if diplomacy fails.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Syria backs chemical weapons plan while it bombs Damascus

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal today to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US strikes, while its warplanes bombed rebel positions in Damascus for the first time since the West threatened military action.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Russia withdraws request for emergency UN Syria meeting

    An emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria was canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia's UN envoy said.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Russia cancels emergency UN meeting on Syria chemical weapons

    An emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria was canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia's UN envoy said, as Western powers and Russia disagreed over a plan for Syria's chemical arsenal.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Strike against Syria unlikely to provoke clash with Russia

    Secretary of State John Kerry said a US military strike on Syria over its chemical weapons use was unlikely to provoke a clash with Russia, a key Syrian ally that has blocked efforts to sanction Damascus at the UN Security Council.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    US gives up on UN Security Council in Syria crisis, blames Russia

    The United States declared that it has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on Syria, accusing Russia of holding the council hostage and allowing Moscow's allies in Syria to deploy poison gas against innocent children.

  • 08/09/2013 | World

    Putin foe manages strong showing in Moscow vote

    An ally of President Vladimir Putin was heading for victory in a Moscow mayoral election but opposition leader Alexei Navalny's unexpectedly strong showing could alarm the Kremlin and fuel Russia's flagging protest movement.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    'Utter nonsense' for Syrian government to use chemical arms - Putin

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons and urged US President Barack Obama not to attack Syrian forces.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Russia detects Israeli missile test, raises alarm in Mediterranean

    Russia detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea but Israel said it had carried out a joint missile test with the United States.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Putin 'does not rule out' approving Syria strike with evidence Assad used poison gas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not rule out approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks, but said any attack would be illegal without UN support.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    Despite Snowden, US to hold high-level Russia talks

    The United States will hold talks with Russia's defense and foreign ministers in Washington despite Moscow's decision to grant asylum to former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, US officials said.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US Russia agree to prepare for Syria peace talks

    US and Russian officials agreed on the need to convene a long-delayed Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, but they offered no concrete plan to bring the warring government and rebels to the table.

  • 24/07/2013 | World

    Russian lawyer says Snowden to stay for now at Moscow airport

    After reports said earlier that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was granted documents that would allow him to leave the Moscow airport. his lawyer said Snowden will stay in that transit zone.

  • 26/07/2013 | World

    Russia's Putin 'determined Snowden case will not hurt US ties'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined not to allow a dispute over former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to harm Moscow's ties with Washington, his spokesman said today.

  • 01/08/2013 | World

    Fugitive Snowden granted a year's asylum in Russia, leaves airport

    Fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after being granted a year's asylum in Russia, ending more than five weeks in limbo in the transit area.

  • 18/07/2013 | World

    Russia jails top opposition leader; President Putin denounced as 'dictator'

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft, an unexpectedly tough punishment which supporters said proved President Putin was a dictator ruling by repression.

  • 19/07/2013 | World

    Russian opposition leader freed after protests

    Russia unexpectedly freed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on bail bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence as a crude attempt by President Vladimir Putin to silence him.

  • 20/07/2013 | World

    G20 puts growth before austerity

    The Group of 20 nations pledged to put growth before austerity, seeking to revive a global economy that "remains too weak" and adjusting stimulus policies with care so that recovery is not derailed by volatile financial markets.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Fugitive Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia today after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport trying to avoid prosecution in the United States on espionage charges.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    White House says Snowden should return to US for trial

    The White House said that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who applied for temporary asylum in Russia, should be expelled and returned to the United States to face trial on espionage charges.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Snowden signs asylum request

    The Russian media got a hold of former CIA analyst Edward Snowden's temporary political asylum request to Russia, which he wrote with a pen on a blank piece of paper while still at the Moscow airport hidden from the US authorities.

  • 01/07/2013 | World

    Obama says EU, all intelligence agencies seek info on each other

    US President Barack Obama played down a controversy over whether Washington had spied on its European allies, saying intelligence services around the world, including in the EU, seek additional insight beyond regular media reports.

  • 09/07/2013 | World

    WikiLeaks: Snowden has not yet accepted asylum in Venezuela

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks clarified after a Russian lawmaker posted a statement to that effect on Twitter and then deleted it.

  • 09/07/2013 | World

    Spacewalkers leave space station for outside chores

    Two astronauts left the International Space Station today for a day of maintenance tasks, including installing a power cable needed for a new Russian laboratory due to arrive later this year.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Snowden still at airport, Ecuador asylum decision could take months

    A former US spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport while the prospect grew of a protracted wrangle over his fate.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Obama says shouldn't have to talk to Xi, Putin about Snowden

    President Barack Obama said today he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the US request to extradite former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Russia, US fail to agree plan for Syria peace talks

    Talks between the United States and Russia to set up a Syrian peace conference produced no deal, with the powers on either side of the two-year civil war failing to agree when it should be held or who would be invited.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Putin rules out handing Snowden over to United States

    A former US spy agency contractor sought by Washington on espionage charges appeared to be still in hiding at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and the national airline said he was not booked on any of its flights over the next three days.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Ecuador tells US to send its position on Snowden in writing

    Ecuador today said the United States must "submit its position" regarding Edward Snowden to the Ecuadorian government in writing as it considers the former US spy agency contractor's request for asylum.

  • 24/06/2013 | World

    US presses Russia as mystery over Snowden deepens

    The United States increased pressure on Russia to hand over Edward Snowden, the American charged with disclosing secret US surveillance programs, and said it believed he was still in Moscow despite reports he was leaving for Cuba.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Kerry: No need to escalate 'confrontation with Russia' over Snowden

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said today there was no need to raise the level of confrontation with Russia over Edward Snowden, a former US spy agency contractor charged with disclosing secret surveillance programs and believed to be in Moscow.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Putin rules out handing Snowden over to US

    President Vladimir Putin confirmed a former US spy agency contractor sought by the United States was in the transit area of a Moscow airport but ruled out handing him to Washington, dismissing US criticisms as "ravings and rubbish".

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    G8 leaders call for peace talks as soon as possible to resolve Syrian civil war

    Global leaders called for peace talks to be held as soon as possible to resolve the Syrian civil war but they failed to mention the fate of President Bashar al-Assad in a final G8 summit communique.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    Merkel tells Putin Germany wants looted art returned

    Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that German art seized by the Soviets in the wake of World War Two should be repatriated to Germany, a claim the Russian leader swiftly rejected.

  • 24/06/2013 | World

    Ecuador mulls Snowden asylum, to make decision 'in due time'

    Ecuador is reviewing Edward Snowden's asylum request and will make a decision on the former US intelligence contractor "in due time" based on human rights considerations above all, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said today.

  • 01/06/2013 | World

    Russia to ban foreign adoptions for same-sex couples

    Russia will ban foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, an official said, underscoring a growing rift with the West over gay rights under President Vladimir Putin.

  • 01/06/2013 | World

    Russia blocks UN Security Council declaration of alarm over Syria's Qusair

    Russia blocked a UN Security Council declaration of alarm over the bloody siege of the Syrian town of al-Qusair by Syrian troops and Hezbollah guerrillas, Security Council diplomats said.

  • 06/06/2013 | World

    Russian President Putin and wife say their marriage is over

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, said on television today that they have separated and their marriage is over.

  • 29/05/2013 | World

    Russia faults US over 'odious' Syria rights resolution

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced as "odious" a US-backed draft resolution condemning the Syrian government before a debate at the UN and said it would undermine peace efforts.

  • 30/05/2013 | World

    Besieged Syria rebels seek help, Assad eyes missiles

    Syrian rebels under siege near the Lebanese border pleaded for help against government troops and their Hezbollah allies as a confident President Bashar al-Assad spoke of having new Russian missiles.

  • 31/05/2013 | World

    Assad forces advance; West, Russia exchange barbs ahead of talk

    Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad tightened their siege of rebels in a strategic town, in a counter-offensive that is shifting the balance of the Syrian war ahead of a peace conference next month.

  • 17/05/2013 | World

    US chides Russia for sending missiles, peace plans suffer

    The United States chided Russia for sending missiles to the Syrian government as plans for a peace conference promoted by Washington and Moscow were hit by diplomatic rifts over its scope and purpose.

  • 25/05/2013 | World

    Suicide car bombing in Russia injures 11

    A suicide bomber blew herself up in car near a police building in Russia's Dagestan region, injuring 11 policemen and passers-by, Russian media reported.

  • 28/05/2013 | World

    Russia says missile systems for Syria will deter intervention

    Russia will not scrap plans to deliver an air defence system to Syria despite Western opposition because it would help deter "hotheads" intent on intervention in the two-year-old conflict, the deputy foreign minister said today.

  • 14/05/2013 | World

    CIA agent caught trying to recruit spy, Russia says

    Russia said it had caught an American red-handed as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the CIA, a throwback to the Cold War era that risks upsetting efforts to improve relations.

  • 15/05/2013 | World

    UN General Assembly to vote on Syria resolution

    The UN General Assembly is set to vote today on a draft resolution that condemns Syrian authorities and accepts the opposition Syrian National Coalition as party to a potential political transition.

  • 16/05/2013 | World

    US sought to recruit spies despite warning, Russia

    Russia warned the United States in 2011 to stop trying to recruit its security agents as spies and expelled a CIA operative in January this year after Washington ignored the warning, the FSB said.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    United States, Russia agree to try to revive Syria plan

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had agreed to look for ways to revive a Syrian peace plan, but admitted that doing so would be extremely difficult.

  • 26/04/2013 | World

    Fire kills dozens in Russian psychiatric hospital

    Thirty-eight people were killed, most of them in their beds, in a fire that raged through a psychiatric hospital near Moscow, raising questions about the care of mentally ill patients in Russia.

  • 07/05/2013 | World

    US, Russia seek new Syria peace talks; rebels sceptical

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were sceptical of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar al-Assad hang on to power.

  • 02/04/2013 | World

    Putin signs law to allow him to pick Russian governors

    President Vladimir Putin signed a law letting him pick candidates to lead Russia's regions if local lawmakers scrap popular polls, in what critics called a setback for democracy in the Russian leader's new term.

  • 15/04/2013 | World

    Putin congratulates vote winner in oil ally Venezuela

    Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Nicolas Maduro on winning Venezuela's presidential election, saying he expected good relations to continue with a country where Moscow has significant oil investments.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Russian foreign minister tells West 'don't isolate Assad'

    In an implicit warning to international supporters of Syrian opposition forces, Russia's foreign minister said that efforts to isolate one side in the conflict would wreck the chances of a negotiated solution and help militant Islamists.

  • 22/02/2013 | World

    Schools, homes and public parks on front line of Damascus war

    Syria's civil war has burst into central Damascus and its indiscriminate violence has put civilians in the firing line.

  • 25/02/2013 | World

    Russia's Putin tries to curb smoking, tobacco sales

    Russia will ban smoking in many public places from June under a law central to President Vladimir Putin's plans to make citizens healthier, raise life expectancy and help the economy.

  • 28/02/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad deluded by his inner circle, UN envoy Brahimi says

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been convinced by his inner circle that his country is the victim of a broad conspiracy led by terrorists, UN/Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said.

  • 16/02/2013 | World

    G20 defuses talk of 'currency war', no accord on debt

    The Group of 20 nations declared there would be no 'currency war' and deferred plans to set new debt-cutting targets in an indication of concern about the fragile state of the world economy.

  • 16/02/2013 | World

    Russia cleans up after meteor blast injures more than 1,000

    Thousands of Russian emergency workers went out to clear up the damage from a meteor that exploded over the Ural mountains, damaging buildings, shattering windows and showering people with broken glass.

  • 18/02/2013 | World

    'Meteorite rush' begins as Russian scientists find fragments

    A meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains and sent fireballs blazing to earth has set off a rush to find fragments of the space rock which hunters hope could fetch thousands of dollars a piece.

  • 31/01/2013 | World

    Syria warns of "surprise" response to Israel attack

    Syria warned of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.

  • 02/02/2013 | World

    Syrian opposition talks with Russia, seeks breakthrough

    The Syrian opposition leader met Russia's foreign minister in Germany today and said he would also hold talks with the Iranian foreign minister, opening a window to a possible breakthrough in efforts to broker an end to Syria's civil war.

  • 11/02/2013 | World

    Ten killed in blast at Russian coal mine

    A methane gas explosion killed at least 10 miners at a coal pit in northern Russia today and rescue workers were trying to save seven more feared trapped underground, government officials said.

  • 27/12/2012 | World

    Russia's Putin suggests he will sign US adoption ban

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he saw no reason not to sign a bill into law that would ban Americans adopting Russian children and promised measures to improve care of his country's orphaned youngsters.

  • 13/01/2013 | World

    Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal

    Russia voiced support for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country's conflict.

  • 25/01/2013 | World

    Russian parliament backs ban on 'gay propaganda'

    Russia's parliament backed a draft law banning "homosexual propaganda" in what critics see as an attempt to shore up support for President Vladimir Putin in the country's largely conservative society.

  • 27/10/2012 | World

    Russia activists detained after opposition council meets

    Three prominent opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin were briefly detained at a protest in central Moscow on Saturday that followed the first meeting of a new opposition body elected in an online vote.

  • 06/12/2012 | World

    With focus on opposition, US races against time on Syria

    The United States is racing to finalize elements of its Syria strategy, planning new steps to shape and strengthen the still-fragmented opposition as signs build that the country is nearing a tipping point in the 20-month rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 15/12/2012 | World

    Thousands protest against Putin rule in Moscow

    Russian riot police detained four opposition leaders and broke up a crowd of about 2,000 people who went ahead with a banned rally today to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's 13-year rule.

  • 14/10/2012 | World

    Russian local elections test Putin's grip

    Russia held local elections from the Baltic Sea to the Chinese border, testing President Vladimir Putin's grip nationwide and the reach of his opponents five months into his new term.

  • 19/10/2012 | World

    Freed Russian punk band member takes case to European court

    The sole member of anti-Kremlin punk group Pussy Riot freed on appeal has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights, she and her lawyer said on Friday, accusing Russia of violating her right to freedom of speech and illegally detaining her.

  • 22/10/2012 | World

    Russia's jailed punk rock band members sent to prison camps

    Two female members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot convicted of protesting against President Vladimir Putin in a cathedral have been sent to prisons far from Moscow despite requesting to serve out their terms in the capital, a lawyer said.

  • 07/09/2012 | World

    EU warns Russia to play by WTO rules or face action

    Europe's trade chief threatened to take Russia to the World Trade Organization over a string of restrictive practices today, saying Moscow needed to play by the rules now it was a member of the global body.

  • 08/09/2012 | World

    China, Russia sound alarm on world economy at APEC summit

    China and Russia sounded the alarm about the state of the global economy at a summit on Saturday and urged Asian-Pacific countries to protect themselves by forging deeper regional economic ties.

  • 12/09/2012 | World

    Russian Prime Minister Medvedev says Pussy Riot should be freed

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he thought three Pussy Riot punk band members should be freed from prison following their conviction last month for a profanity-laced protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.

  • 21/08/2012 | World

    Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

    Russia warned the West against unilateral action on Syria, a day after US President Barack Obama threatened "enormous consequences" if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way.

  • 22/08/2012 | World

    Russia joins WTO after eighteen years

    Russia's 18-year wait to enter the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is finally over. Russia is formally joining the world's free trade club today.

  • 26/08/2012 | World

    Two members of punk rock band flee Russia

    Two members of Russia's anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have fled the country to avoid prosecution for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin at a church altar, the band said.

  • 15/08/2012 | World

    Pussy Riot supporters protest at Russian cathedral

    Security guards scuffled with masked protesters who demonstrated outside Moscow's main cathedral in support of three members of the Pussy Riot punk band who are on trial for staging an irreverent protest at the same church.

  • 16/08/2012 | World

    UN Syria mission to end, new blow to peace efforts

    The United Nations' four-month-old observer mission in Syria will withdraw from the country next week, diplomats and UN officials said, yet another blow to the world body's efforts to broker an end to the conflict.

  • 16/08/2012 | World

    'Pussy Riot' face verdict in trial condemned by US

    A Russian judge delivers a verdict on Friday against three members of the Pussy Riot punk band whose trial for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in a church has provoked an international outcry against President Vladimir Putin.

  • 29/07/2012 | World

    Russians face trial for 'punk prayer' about Putin

    Three young women who staged an irreverent punk-rock protest against Vladimir Putin on the altar of Russia's main cathedral go on trial on Monday in a case seen as a test of the president's tolerance of dissent.

  • 09/08/2012 | World

    OECD sees emerging market slowdown spreading to Russia

    Russia looks headed towards an economic slowdown, joining fellow emerging market powerhouses India and China whose economies are also showing signs of faltering, the latest report from the OECD showed today.

  • 10/08/2012 | World

    Russian official targets Madonna with crude tweet

    A senior ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin used an obscene Twitter post to attack Madonna after the pop star called for the release of three women who face prison over an irreverent performance in Moscow's main cathedral.

  • 07/07/2012 | World

    Over 100 killed in floods, landslides in Russia

    Floods and landslides killed at least 103 people in southern Russia after two months' average rainfall fell in a few hours, forcing some to climb on to roofs and into trees to save themselves, police said on Saturday.

  • 09/07/2012 | World

    Russia mourns flood victims, local officials blamed

    Russia's emergencies minister accused local officials today of not doing enough to prevent 171 deaths in weekend floods that raised new doubts about the country's readiness for natural disasters under President Vladimir Putin.

  • 19/07/2012 | World

    Russia, China veto UN Security Council resolution on Syria

    Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that threatened Syrian authorities with sanctions if they did not halt violence against an uprising, again thwarting Western hopes for tough action as the crisis in Syria escalates.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    Sharapova on top of the world

    It was little wonder Maria Sharapova's jubilant coach was wagging his index finger aloft as the Russian enjoyed a double celebration after sweeping into her maiden French Open final.

  • 08/06/2012 | World

    Russia's Putin signs tough anti-protest law

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that will dramatically increase fines for people who take part in protests that violate public order, just days ahead of the next planned rally against his 12-year rule.

  • 12/06/2012 | World

    Russians protest against Putin despite pressure

    Tens of thousands of Russians marched through Moscow amid a stream of banners demanding President Vladimir Putin step down and challenging new laws designed to curb protest against his strongly centralised rule.

  • 17/05/2012 | World

    Russia says action on Syria, Iran may go nuclear

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warnedthat military action against sovereign states could lead to a regional nuclear war, starkly voicing Moscow's opposition to Western intervention ahead of a G8 summit at which Syria and Iran will be discussed

  • 26/05/2012 | World

    Putin puts Medvedev in charge of Russia's ruling party

    President Vladimir Putin steered Dmitry Medvedev into the chairmanship of Russia's ruling party today and demanded reforms to the flagging organization he will rely on to keep his grip on the country's far-flung regions.

  • 01/06/2012 | World

    Annan frustrated over Syria, Russia gives no ground

    International envoy Kofi Annan said on Friday he was "frustrated and impatient" a week after a massacre in Syria of 108 people shocked the world, but Russia said his peace plan was still the best hope for Syria.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    China wants 'drastic' US, Russia nuclear arms cuts

    China called on the United States and Russia to make further "drastic" cuts in their nuclear arsenals and said all states with atomic arms should undertake not to be the first to use them.

  • 07/05/2012 | World

    Putin pledges unity on return to Kremlin

    Vladimir Putin took the oath as Russia's president with a ringing appeal for unity at the start of a six-year term in which he faces growing dissent, economic problems and bitter political rivalries.

  • 16/05/2012 | World

    Police disperse, detain anti-Putin protesters

    Russian riot police detained at least 35 demonstrators breaking up one Occupy-style sit-in at a Moscow park and threatening to disperse another in a crackdown on a protest movement against newly inaugurated President Vladimir Putin.

  • 13/04/2012 | World

    Russia backs US nominee to head World Bank

    Russia will support Jim Yong Kim, the US nominee for the next World Bank head, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said today after meeting the candidate, who is in Moscow on his world tour to seek support.

  • 14/04/2012 | World

    UN council approves deployment of monitors to Syria

    Russia and China joined the rest of the UN Security Council today to authorize the deployment of up to 30 unarmed observers to Syria to monitor the country's fragile ceasefire as called for by UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan.

  • 24/04/2012 | World

    Putin steps down as United Russia party chief

    President-elect Vladimir Putin tried to distance himself from the fraud-tainted ruling United Russia party, announcing he was stepping down as its chairman.

  • 31/03/2012 | World

    Riot police detain Russians demanding free assembly

    Anti-government protesters shouting "Russia without Putin!" tussled with police in Moscow today, and dozens of activists were detained and bundled into police vans.

  • 02/04/2012 | World

    Russian plane crash kills 31, exposes safety record

    A passenger plane crashed and burst into flames after takeoff in Siberia, killing 31 people and putting the spotlight on Russia's poor air-safety record before Vladimir Putin's return as president.

  • 02/04/2012 | World

    Blaze at Moscow skyscraper set to be Europe's tallest

    Fire ripped through the top of a part-built skyscraper that is set to become Europe's tallest building and form the pinnacle of Moscow's new business district under plans to turn the Russian capital into a global financial centre.

  • 05/03/2012 | World

    Russia's Putin faces protests, monitors' criticism

    Thousands of protesters chanting "Russia without Putin" took to the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg today to challenge Vladimir Putin's victory in a presidential election which international monitors said was unfair.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Opposition concerned over Russia’s Putin resorting to force

    Russia's opposition expressed concern today that Vladimir Putin was resorting to old tactics to crush dissent after riot police detained hundreds of protesters challenging the legitimacy of his presidential election victory.

  • 10/03/2012 | World

    Smaller crowds challenge Putin after Russia poll

    Thousands of Russians chanting "Time for change" challenged Vladimir Putin's presidential election victory on Saturday but their numbers were far fewer than in previous weeks.

  • 04/02/2012 | World

    Russians stage rival protests over Putin

    Tens of thousands of Russians defied bitter cold in Moscow to demand fair elections in a march against Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule, and thousands of others staged a rally supporting the prime minister.

  • 07/02/2012 | World

    Attacks in Syria's Homs resume after Russian peace foray

    Armoured forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad thrust deeper into the central city of Homs, firing rockets and mortar rounds to subdue opposition districts, activists said, a day after Russia said Assad wants peace.

  • 04/03/2012 | World

    Tearful Putin claims victory in Russian election

    Vladimir Putin claimed victory in Russia's presidential election Sunday and, tears rolling down his cheeks, said it was a historical turning point that had prevented the country falling into the hands of enemies trying to usurp power.

  • 29/12/2011 | World

    Russia submerges nuclear submarine to douse blaze

    Russia said it had won the battle with a raging blaze aboard a nuclear submarine by submerging the stricken vessel at a navy shipyard after hours of dousing the flames with water from helicopters and tug boats.

  • 07/01/2012 | World

    Russian church urges Kremlin to heed protesters

    The leader of Russia's Orthodox Church urged the government to make political changes in response to post-election protests, in a rare departure from its traditional backing of the Kremlin.

  • 03/02/2012 | World

    Over 200 people killed in Syria as UN prepares to vote

    More than 200 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, activists said, as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on a draft resolution backing an Arab call for President Bashar al-Assad to give up power.

  • 23/12/2011 | World

    Thousands sign up for new Russian protest

    More than 40,000 Russians have signed up online to protest in Moscow on Saturday against a disputed election, dismissing Kremlin promises of political change.

  • 24/12/2011 | World

    Mass rally in Moscow raises pressure on Putin

    Tens of thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters called today for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun, increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin as he seeks a new term as Russian president.

  • 27/12/2011 | World

    Putin says Russian opposition lacks goals and leaders

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the opposition of lacking goals and leaders and promised a transparent presidential election next year, in his first comments since a mass protest against his rule over the weekend.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    Russia says seized radioactive material en route to Iran

    The Russian customs service said it had seized radioactive material found in the luggage of a passenger bound for Tehran at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport.

  • 18/12/2011 | World

    Russian drilling rig sinks off Sakhalin, 49 missing

    An oil drilling rig with 67 crew on board capsized and sank off the Russian far eastern island of Sakhalin today when it ran into a storm while being towed, leaving 49 of the crew unaccounted for, the regional Emergencies Ministry said.

  • 21/12/2011 | World

    Multinational crew blasts off for space station

    A trio of astronauts blasted off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on Wednesday on a mission to bring the International Space Station back up to full manpower after an August cargo launch accident disrupted flights.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Russian police block new anti-Putin rally

    Plans for big new protests against Vladimir Putin fizzled after a show of force by Russian police who have detained more than 1,000 people in a crackdown since a parliamentary election dismissed by Kremlin foes as a fraud.

  • 10/12/2011 | World

    Russians take the streets to protest against Putin

    Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of cities across Russia today to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule and complain about alleged election fraud in the biggest show of defiance since he took power more than a decade ago.

  • 11/12/2011 | World

    Medvedev orders Russia poll inquiry, gets insults

    President Dmitry Medvedev ordered an investigation into allegations of fraud in Russia's parliamentary election, one day after tens of thousands of protesters demanded it be annulled and rerun.

  • 03/12/2011 | World

    Russia vote watchdog head detained before election

    Russian customs officers held the director of an independent election watchdog for 12 hours at a Moscow airport on Saturday and seized her laptop computer in what the group said was an attempt to stop it monitoring Sunday's parliamentary election.

  • 05/12/2011 | World

    Thousands protest against Putin after Russia vote

    Several thousand protesters took to the streets to demand an end to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule after voters cut his party's parliamentary majority in an election that was condemned as unfair by European monitors.

  • 06/12/2011 | World

    Russian police crack down on anti-Putin protests

    Hundreds of people demanded an end to Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule in protests in Russia's two largest cities, despite a crackdown by riot police and spoiling tactics by pro-Kremlin youth.

  • 11/11/2011 | World

    Putin defends Kremlin comeback, praises Berlusconi

    Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin praised outgoing fellow political veteran Silvio Berlusconi and defended his own decision to remain in power for years to come in front of an audience of foreign experts.

  • 24/11/2011 | World

    Russian anchor off air for finger gesture in Obama story

    A famous Russian TV anchor has been taken off the air for making an obscene gesture after mentioning US President Barack Obama in a live newscast, the channel said.

  • 26/11/2011 | World

    Medvedev suggests prosecution for Russia space failure

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev raised the prospect of criminal prosecution for space mishaps on following a series of failed launches that have embarrassed Russia.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    Russia's Putin says little role for BRICS in euro crisis

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that the crisis-hit euro zone had enough resources to resolve its own troubles without support from Russia and fellow BRICs countries.

  • 17/10/2011 | World

    Putin says Russia wants friendly ties with West

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in remarks broadcast that Moscow wants friendly ties with the West and other nations.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    Russia rails against release of IAEA report

    Russia criticized today the release of information in a UN nuclear agency report on Iran's nuclear programme, saying it would reduce hopes for dialogue with Tehran and suggesting it was aimed to scuttle the chances for a diplomatic solution.

  • 24/09/2011 | World

    Putin to return as Russian president

    Vladimir Putin declared he was ready to return to the Russian presidency after current head of state Dmitry Medvedev announced he would bow to his mentor at March's election.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    Russian finance minister ousted in power struggle

    Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin was ousted today in an unusually bitter and public conflict with President Dmitry Medvedev that has exposed deep cracks in unity over Vladimir Putin's plan to return to the Kremlin.

  • 27/09/2011 | World

    Russia's Putin names Siluanov as acting Finance Minister

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin named today Deputy Finance Minister Anton Siluanov as acting Finance Minister, replacing Alexei Kudrin who was ousted a day earlier.

  • 15/08/2011 | World

    Iran's 'nuclear partner' Russia seeks to revive global talks

    Russia will look to revive nuclear talks between Iran and the world's biggest economic and military powers this week, hoping its special relationship with Tehran can help jolt back to life negotiations that some analysts consider "dead in the water."

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    Dozens killed in Russian hockey team plane crash

    A passenger plane carrying a Russian ice hockey team to a season-opening match crashed after takeoff from a provincial airport today, leaving 43 people feared dead.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    Russia mourns loss of hockey team in plane crash

    Candles flickered beside mounds of red carnations at the stadium of one of Russia's top ice hockey teams today after almost the entire team was wiped out in a plane crash that killed 43 people.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    Russia: 128 feared dead in Volga river accident

    Russia said there was little hope of finding any more people alive today after an overloaded tourist boat sank in the Volga River, killing as many as 128 people in Russia's worst river accident in three decades.

  • 13/07/2011 | World

    Death toll in Russian boat disaster reaches 100

    Divers widened their search for 29 remaining missing boat passengers after the death toll in Russia's worst river disaster in three decades reached 100, the Emergencies Ministry said today. Officials say 79 of 208 passengers survived the sinking of an ageing, overcrowded tourist boat when it sank in the Volga River on Sunday.

  • 22/07/2011 | World

    Women strip to bras to back Putin return as president

    About 20 young women stripped to their bras in central Moscow to show their support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to return as Russia's president.

  • 20/06/2011 | World

    Russia says plane crash kills 44, eight injured

    At least 44 people were killed and eight injured when a passenger plane broke up and caught fire on coming into land in fog in north-western Russia, an Emergency Ministry spokeswoman said.

  • 27/06/2011 | World

    Russia sees Iran nuclear plant running in August

    Iran's Russian-built nuclear power plant is likely to become fully operational in early August, Russian news agencies quoted a senior diplomat as saying today.

  • 10/07/2011 | World

    Over 100 missing after boat sinks in Russia's Volga

    More than 100 people were missing and feared drowned after a tourist boat sank in Russia's Volga river, emergency services officials and survivors said.

  • 14/06/2011 | World

    Major economies losing growth momentum, OECD says

    Major economies, with the exception of the United States, are losing momentum as the outlook for growth worsens in European and developing countries, the OECD's leading indicator for April showed today.

  • 16/06/2011 | World

    Russia backs Ban Ki-moon for 2nd UN term

    Russia joined other permanent UN Security Council members today in publicly backing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a second term.

  • 20/06/2011 | World

    Russia opposes UN vote on Syria, EU to expand sanctions

    Russia emphasized its opposition to a UN resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and urged the opposition to sit down with President Bashar al-Assad's government for talks on reform.

  • 26/05/2011 | World

    US names Caucasus Islamist group to terrorism list

    The United States named an Islamist insurgent group in Russia's North Caucasus to its official list of terrorist groups and offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location of its leader.

  • 27/05/2011 | World

    Russia's Medvedev says 'Gaddafi should go'

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Muammar Gaddafi to give up power and said that Russia would not give shelter to the Libyan leader.
    Medvedev said he had sent an envoy to the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi as part of efforts to resolve the conflict.

  • 03/06/2011 | World

    Europe's lethal E.coli strain may be deadliest yet

    More than 1,600 people have been infected by a toxic strain of E.coli bacteria that has killed at least 17 and may be the deadliest yet in human history, health officials said. E.Coli spread among people through human contact, World Health Organization said today.

  • 12/04/2011 | World

    NASA sending retired space shuttles to US museums

    The three retiring US space shuttles will be going on display at museums in Florida, California and Virginia, the US space agency NASA said.

  • 16/04/2011 | World

    Russia to regulate net laws, looks abroad

    Russia is looking to the experience of other countries, including China, to "regulate" Internet use, though Moscow has no plans to broaden web censorship, a government spokesman said.

  • 06/05/2011 | World

    Libya: France expels 14 diplomats, Russia opposes foreign intervention

    France expelled 14 Libyan diplomats loyal to the government of Muammar Gaddafi, the French foreign ministry said. France, the United States, Britain and others are trying to go beyond the NATO bombing campaign. Russia said opposes any foreign ground operation in Libya.

  • 22/12/2010 | World

    US Senate approves nuclear arms treaty with Russia

    The US Senate approved a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, giving President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory in his drive to improve ties with Moscow and curb the spread of atomic weapons to other nations.

  • 25/03/2011 | World

    Last relative of Soviet founder Lenin dies aged 89

    Olga Ulyanova, the niece of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin who campaigned for his embalmed body to stay in a mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square, died in the Russian capital. She was 89.

  • 04/04/2011 | World

    Japan seeks Russian help to end nuclear crisis

    Japan has asked nuclear superpower Russia to send a special radiation treatment ship used to decommission nuclear submarines as it fights to contain the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl, Japanese media said.

  • 30/06/2013 | Latin America

    Ecuador's Correa says Snowden's fate in hands of Russia

    Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said the fate of former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is in the hands of the authorities in Russia, where he is holed up in hope of obtaining asylum in the South American nation.

  • 16/10/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil builds Russian defense ties

    Brazil is pushing ahead with a planned $1 billion purchase of anti-aircraft missile batteries from Russia in a deal that will cement a strategic defense partnership between the two BRICS nations, the Brazilian Defense Ministry said.

  • 11/07/2014 | Latin America

    Putin meets Castro at start of LatAm tour

    Russian President Vladimir Putin met former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro today, to begin a six-day tour of Latin America in which Russia is seeking to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

  • 19/02/2014 | Sports

    Nervy Canada make semis after Latvia fright

    Canada escaped with a nervy 2-1 quarter-final win over Latvia in the Olympic men's ice hockey tournament to keep their gold medal defence on track.

  • 27/03/2014 | Sports

    Brazil stadium problems should be a warning for Russia, Qatar, says FIFA

    The serial delays in building Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums should serve as a lesson to Russia and Qatar, the countries hosting the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, FIFA's Jerome Valcke said.

  • 20/05/2014 | Sports

    Wife of AS Monaco President wins $4.5 billion divorce

    The wife of Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev has won a $4.5 billion divorce settlement in a Geneva court, Swiss media has reported.

  • 07/02/2014 | Sports

    Olympics-Winter Games open in Sochi

    Russia's Winter Olympics officially got underway on the Black Sea coast with a grandiose opening ceremony that President Vladimir Putin hoped would dispel fears of militant attacks and a row over gay rights that marred the buildup.

  • 15/02/2014 | Sports

    US men edge Russians in ice hockey thriller, but skaters fail again

    The United States edged out host nation Russia in a thrilling men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, but a last-minute switch of high-tech suits failed to propel American speed skaters to their first medal of the Sochi Games.

  • 18/02/2014 | Sports

    Sochi: Russia advance, Slovenia surprise

    Russia marched into the quarter-finals of the men's ice hockey competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics, joining a feel-good Slovenian team, the Czech Republic and a surprising Latvia in the last eight along with the four automatic qualifiers.

  • 30/09/2012 | Sports

    Russia to spend US$20 billion on 2018 World Cup

    Russia plans to spend almost US$20 billion on hosting the 2018 World Cup, the country's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.

  • 07/11/2013 | Sports

    Russian Soyuz rocket flies Olympic torch to space station

    A three-man crew successfully blasted off into space with the Olympic torch, ready to take it on its first space walk in what they said would be a "spectacular" showcase for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

  • 12/08/2012 | Sports

    Powerful Russia wins gold after come-back

    Russia beat Brazil to win the Olympic men's volleyball gold medal, fighting back from the brink of a straight-sets defeat to take the decider and seal a 3-2 victory.

  • 05/09/2012 | Sports

    Russia to reveal 2018 World Cup host cities this month

    The host cities for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be announced this month, the tournament's organisers said.

  • 29/09/2012 | Sports

    Russia to have 12 stadiums for 2018 World Cup

    Twelve venues, located in 11 Russian cities, will host the 2018 World Cup finals, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the tournament organisers announced during a live television show today.

  • 21/07/2012 | Sports

    Capello will be unveiled as Russia coach on Wednesday

    Former England manager Fabio Capello will be officially unveiled as Russia's coach on Wednesday, acting president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Nikita Simonyan said.

  • 06/08/2012 | Sports

    Isinbayeva considering Rio Games

    Double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva is considering putting her retirement plans on hold after winning only bronze behind American Jennifer Suhr at the London Games.

  • 01/06/2012 | Sports

    Italy's troubles mount with defeat to Russia

    Italy's troubles mounted as they produced some slapstick defending in a 3-0 defeat by fellow Euro 2012 finalists Russia in their only warm-up match for the tournament.

  • 11/06/2012 | Sports

    Warsaw calls for calm over Russian march

    Warsaw authorities appealed for calm ahead of a planned march by around 5,000 Russian fans to Warsaw stadium to watch their team's Euro 2012 Group A match against Poland, which could be a potential flashpoint of the tournament.

  • 13/06/2012 | Sports

    Russia accuses Polish fans of provoking clashes

    Russia accused Polish soccer fans of provoking street battles with Russian supporters on the night of their countries' Euro 2012 match and urged Warsaw to prevent further clashes in the tournament.

  • 18/03/2011 | Sports

    Putin to head supervisory board of 2018 World Cup

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will head the supervisory board of the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia, the country's government said.

  • 26/03/2011 | Sports

    England and Russia wary of Euro 2012 slip ups

    England and Russia are fully aware of the potential pitfalls of facing weaker opposition when they tackle Wales and Armenia respectively today.

  • 11/10/2011 | Sports

    Russia to use 12 stadiums for 2018 World Cup

    The 2018 World Cup will be played in 12 stadiums located in 11 Russian cities, head of the local organising committee (LOC) Vitaly Mutko said.

  • 23/02/2013 | Arts and Media

    Actor Depardieu picks Russian abode far from French taxes

    Actor Gerard Depardieu has registered as a resident of the provincial Russian city of Saransk, where he plans to open a restaurant far from the high taxes of his French homeland, Russian media said today.

  • 13/03/2013 | Arts and Media

    Bolshoi will withstand acid attack on director - Putin aide

    President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said today that an acid attack that severely injured the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director would not ruin the theatre's reputation.

  • 18/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    With new home, Mariinsky builds Russian roots

    With the imminent opening of its third home venue, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky opera and ballet will ramp up an already prodigious output but may ease back on hectic foreign touring, director Valery Gergiev said today.

  • 20/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Putin offers Depardieu a Russian passport

    President Vladimir Putin offered French actor Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport today, saying he would welcome the 63-year-old celebrity who is embroiled in a bitter tax row with France's socialist government.

  • 05/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    French actor Depardieu in Russia to meet Putin

    French film star Gerard Depardieu arrived in Russia today to meet President Vladimir Putin, who granted him citizenship after a public spat in France over his efforts to avoid a potential 75 percent income tax.

  • 10/10/2012 | Arts and Media

    British singer Sarah Brightman to be Russia's next space tourist

    British singer Sarah Brightman announced today she had bought a seat to fly on a Russian spaceship, describing the journey as a chance to fulfil a childhood desire "beyond her wildest dreams."

  • 11/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Russian opera's Galina Vishnevskaya dies at 86

    Galina Vishnevskaya, the Russian opera singer whose soprano voice entranced composer Benjamin Britten and persuaded violinist Mstislav Rostropovich to become her third husband has died at the age of 86, her theatre said today.

  • 11/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Lady Gaga accused of illegal gay rights promotion in Russia

    A political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking legal action against US pop star Lady Gaga for promoting gay rights to minors during a concert on Sunday.

  • 21/02/2011 | Arts and Media

    Cirque du Soleil puts record US$57 million in Russian show

    Canadian circus company Cirque du Soleil will invest a record US$57 million in a new show in Moscow next year to test the ground before launching a permanent show in Russia by 2015, its president said.

  • 09/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    Madonna supports gay rights in Russia concert

    Pop star Madonna spoke out for gay rights at a concert in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin's home town, where activists say a law adopted this year to curb homosexual "propaganda" is discriminatory.

  • 18/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    Madonna adds her voice to critics of Pussy Riot verdict

    Madonna, who had already voiced her support for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, today joined a chorus of celebrities in slamming a jail sentence handed down in Moscow to three women from the group over a protest against President Vladimir Putin.

  • 26/09/2013 | Multimedia

    Video: Greenpeace activists arrested by Russian forces

    Video footage of the moment Greenpeace activists are arrested in the Russian Arctic has started to go around the web showing how protesters are sprayed with water cannons and pulled by Russian forces. Argentines Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez Orsi taking part in te anti-drilling campaign remain under detention, waiting for their legal situation to be decided.

  • 15/07/2014 | Multimedia

    At least 20 killed, more than 120 injured in Moscow subway derailment

    At least 20 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when a Moscow underground train derailed during morning rush hour in one of the worst accidents on the Russian capital's subway system in years.

  • 17/07/2014 | Multimedia

    Malaysian plane down in Ukraine - video

    A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said.

  • 15/05/2013 | America

    Russia expels US diplomat for ‘CIA agent’

    Russia expelled a US diplomat yesterday after saying he had been caught red-handed with disguises, special equipment and wads of cash as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence agent to work for the CIA.

  • 22/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Belgium snatch late win to reach last 16

    Divock Origi's late strike earned Belgium a 1-0 Group H win over Russia at the Maracana Stadium to seal a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Algeria through at Russia's expense

    Islam Slimani headed an ecstatic Algeria into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with a 1-1 draw against Russia that dumped Fabio Capello's team out of the tournament.


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