Japan premier hits out at Russian PM`s visit to disputed islands

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticised his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev`s weekend visit to disputed islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago.

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest
Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev landed Saturday in the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the northwest Pacific archipelago in a long-running dispute. 

Japan protests Russian PM's visit to disputed island

Japan on Saturday lodged a protest over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev`s visit to one of four Pacific islands it also claims, and which have strained ties between the neighbours since the end of World War Two.

Vladimir Putin extends Western food ban for one year
Vladimir Putin extends Western food ban for one year

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict until January 2016.

Vladimir Putin signs off on amnesty for hidden assets

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Monday an amnesty for people who illegally spirited funds out of the country, hoping to counter the capital flight that has contributed to the country's economic crisis.

85 percent of Russians back Putin government: Survey

Eighty-six percent of Russians support the administration under President Vladimir Putin, according to a survey released on Thursday by the Levada Centre, an independent Russian polling and sociological research organisation.

Russia vows `tough` action if Ukraine defaults on debt

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that his government will adopt a "tough stance" if Ukraine defaults on its debt, which includes a $3 billion loan from Moscow.

Russia successful in second attempt to start Progress spacecraft
Russia successful in second attempt to start Progress spacecraft

Russia`s space agency said Monday it had managed to restart the engines of the Progress spacecraft and correct the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) after a failed first attempt.

Cuba`s Castro starts Russian visit

 Cuban President Raul Castro has arrived in Moscow and was to hold meetings Wednesday on a visit that will see him participate in the Victory Day military parade May 9.

Putin takes 10% salary cut in crisis-hit Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday he was cutting his salary by 10 percent as well as the earnings of several top government officials, as the country`s economy reels from the collapse of the ruble.

Coca-Cola, McDonald's wage unhealthy 'war' on Russia: PM aide

Russian officials sharply criticised US fast-food giants Coca-Cola and McDonald's on Thursday for their "unhealthy" products, comparing aggressive advertising campaigns to a war on citizens.

Putin vows to bring Nemtsov's killers to justice
Putin vows to bring Nemtsov's killers to justice

Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday pledged to do everything to bring the killers of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov to justice.

Russia has currency resources to overcome crisis: Medvedev

 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday assured ministers and industry leaders that the country had enough monetary resources to overcome the economic crisis despite the ruble`s plunge in value.

India-Russia ties will be strengthened: Modi tells Medvedev
India-Russia ties will be strengthened: Modi tells Medvedev

Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and said he was sure India-Russia ties will be strengthened.

Vladimir Putin urged to act against racism in Russian soccer
Vladimir Putin urged to act against racism in Russian soccer

President Vladimir Putin must demand an end to the racism plaguing Russian soccer and the country should stop denying it has a problem, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe told Reuters on Wednesday.

Reset in Russia-US relations 'impossible': Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thinks a reset in relations between Moscow and Washington is "impossible" while punishing Western sanctions remain in force, he said in an interview aired by US TV ON Wednesday.

Moscow challenges Abbott after Putin `shirtfront` threat

Moscow has thrown down the gauntlet to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott after he threatened to "shirtfront" President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 plane crash.

Reset in Russia-US relations `impossible`: Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thinks a reset in relations between Moscow and Washington is "impossible" while punishing Western sanctions remain in force, he said in an interview aired by US TV Wednesday.

Moscow ready to cooperate with West: Russian PM

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is ready to cooperate with the West despite efforts to isolate Moscow with economic sanctions.

Hackers tweet resignation of Russian PM

Hackers broke into Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev`s Twitter account, tweeting his resignation and criticising President Vladimir Putin.