Russia disappointed at new sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed disappointment over a new round of sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.

New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

New US legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

Russia is a strategic problem for the EU: Tusk

Russia`s approach to Ukraine and to the European Union is a challenge to the 28-nation bloc, which does not make European leaders too optimistic, but rather realistic, the new president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said on Thursday.

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow`s economy, the bloc`s new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.

Iran backs Russia's Syria talks initiative

Iran backs talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups, a senior Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying by media Thursday.

FIFA executive meets amid corruption report storm
FIFA executive meets amid corruption report storm

FIFA president Sepp Blatter opened a meeting of his 25-member executive committee on Thursday amid a storm of controversy over an inquiry into the bids by Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Putin says his grip on power is firm, economy will rebound

President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would rapidly recover from its financial crisis and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Chechen leader had `no right` to punish rebels` relatives: Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticised Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for saying that families of Islamist insurgents would be punished for a rebel attack on Grozny, a statement quickly followed by torching of several houses.

Western sanctions may last for decades: Russian minister

Western sanctions over Russia`s role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last "for a very long time", possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper.

Jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest: Reports

Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets, has reportedly been released from under house arrest just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.

EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow`s actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland`s Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Recent close shaves between Russian fighters and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say.

Russia blames hash for Sweden`s report of fighter near-miss

 Russia`s ambassador to Denmark on Wednesday made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet`s alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.

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.

Govt planning to construct road in Arunachal Pradesh: VK Singh

Government is planning to construct a road in Arunachal Pradesh to provide connectivity to people living in area bordering China, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Russian ruble rebounds slightly after record plunge

 Russia scrambled Wednesday to halt a run on the ruble, selling billions of reserves to prop up the currency in the worst economic crisis of President Vladimir Putin`s 15 years in power.

Russia's Finance Ministry selling reserves to support ruble

Russia`s Finance Ministry is selling its foreign currency to support the ruble, a spokeswoman told AFP on Wednesday.

WADA forms commission to probe Russian doping allegations
WADA forms commission to probe Russian doping allegations

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced details of a three-man commission that will probe doping allegations in Russia, a move supported by world's athletics governing body IAAF.

Rouble crisis could shake Vladimir Putin's grip on power
Rouble crisis could shake Vladimir Putin's grip on power

Russia failed to halt the collapse of the rouble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power.

Spy row as Kremlin agent in Estonia tells all on Russian TV

In a rare disclosure by a spy agency, Russia`s secret service has revealed it had an agent inside the secret police of NATO neighbour Estonia for 15 years.