Moscow and Kiev agreed a gas delivery deal until the end of March after EU-brokered talks in Brussels Monday, securing supplies to Europe after a row over supplies to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the EU said.
Boris Nemtsov`s girlfriend has broken her public silence on the murder of the Russian opposition activist, saying she did not see the killer who gunned him down as they strolled across a bridge near the Kremlin.
US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday that Moscow and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine must implement a ceasefire or face "consequences" that could further hit Russia`s faltering economy.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday approved a decision of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) to call for international peacekeepers to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the presidential press service said.
The EU said it hoped for a "positive outcome" in talks in Brussels on Monday between the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers aimed at resolving a gas supply dispute threatening deliveries to Europe.
The head of the Russian parliament`s foreign affairs committee Alexei Pushkov on Sunday denounced a cartoon published in the latest issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on the truce in Ukraine as "abominable".
Top US diplomat John Kerry arrived in Switzerland late Sunday for tough talks on Iran and Ukraine, and to push Moscow`s foreign minister to ensure a "credible" investigation into the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
Britain has blocked a deal by Russian billionaires, Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, to buy 12 oil and gas fields in the North Sea as part of their acquisition of Germany`s oil firm DEA from RWE, citing possible sanctions against Russia.
President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to bring the "vile" killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov to justice as Western leaders and Russia`s opposition roundly condemned the drive-by shooting near the Kremlin walls.
Ukraine`s military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal.
US President Barack Obama has condemned the murder of Russia's deputy prime minister turned opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and asked Moscow to ensure that those responsible for the killing are brought to justice.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the killing of three government troops by pro-Moscow rebels a "serious breach of the ceasefire", during a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her office said.
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down while walking in sight of the Kremlin late Friday, prompting an international chorus of condemnation.