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There were contacts with Donald Trump's campaign: Russian diplomat

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow had contacts with the campaign of Donald Trump ahead of his election as US President.

Russia calls for efforts for Syrian reconciliation talks

Substantive talks on Syrian reconciliation in Geneva have made some progress and should be sustained, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday.

No plans to turn BRICS into military alliance: Russia

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday that there was no plan to turn the BRICS grouping into a military alliance.

Supply of Russian S-300 systems to Iran will not happen soon: TASS

 Supplying Iran with Russian S-300 missile defence systems is not a matter of the nearest future, TASS news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying on Thursday.

Russia says ready to process Iranian nuclear fuel

Russian diplomats involved in the historic framework accord limiting Iran`s nuclear programme said Friday Moscow`s atomic energy agency, Rosatom, was ready to provide Tehran with new reactor fuel and process spent rods.

Iran calls for greater Russian role in nuclear talks

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that a more active role for Russia could speed up talks aimed at sealing a comprehensive deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.

Russia warns of retaliation if US imposes new sanctions

Russia warns of retaliation if US imposes new sanctions

Moscow will definitely respond to new sanctions should the US decide to impose them, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Saturday.

Russia says expects "illegitimate" US sanctions to stay in place

US sanctions are illegitimate but Russia expects them to stay in place for a long time, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday, describing Moscow`s ties with Washington as being in their "deepest chill".

John Kerry seeks breakthrough in troubled Iran nuclear talks

 Troubled Iran nuclear talks enter the make-or-break endgame Friday as US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart seek a breakthrough just days ahead of a deadline.

Iran talks 'tense', deal 'very difficult': Russia

Talks on Iran's nuclear programme are being held in a tense atmosphere and getting a deal will be very difficult, Russia's chief negotiator told Russian agency RIA Novosti as a deadline loomed.

Russia rejects rampant terrorism in Arab region

Russia has rejected the unabated terrorism existing the Arab region, as the country`s visiting Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said here Saturday that his country will not stand idly toward the rampant terrorism in the region.

Russia will not sit idle by as jihadists press Iraq assault

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in Damascus on Saturday that his country "will not remain passive" as jihadists push an offensive in Syria`s neighbour Iraq.

US, EU must combat Mideast `terrorism`: Russia

Russia`s Deputy Foreign Minister has called on the United States and Europe to take "serious" steps to combat terrorism, warning that several Middle Eastern countries are threatened.

Iran-Russia bilateral talks helpful: Deputy FM

Iran`s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that the meeting with Russia has proved to be "very helpful" and would further continue in Vienna.

Russia slams fresh US sanctions, says America back in Cold War

Moscow has sharply criticised the new set of sanctions imposed by the US administration against seven top Russian government officials and 17 firms linked to President Vladimir Putin in its latest action to punish Moscow for its intervention in crisis prone Ukraine.

Syria claims rebels behind chemical weapon attack, gives evidence to Russia

The Syrian government has claimed that the rebel fighters in the war-torn country had used the chemical weapons in the attack that took place on August 21 and not the Syrian regime.

Iceland lawmakers discuss citizenship for Snowden

Icelandic lawmakers have introduced a proposal in Parliament to grant immediate citizenship to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

World powers, Iran `far apart` in nuclear talks: Ashton

The positions of world powers and Iran remain "far apart" in talks seeking to end the standoff over Tehran`s nuclear programme, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Saturday.

Solution to Iran`s N-programme possible: Russia

Moscow believes that solution regarding the Iranian nuclear programme is possible without military strikes.

`Russia knows everything about US missile shield`

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said the country knows everything about the US missile shield`s composition in Europe.