US sanctions are `disconnected from reality`: Russian Parliament speaker

 Russia`s parliamentary speaker on Friday denounced new US sanctions against Moscow as "disconnected from reality", and charged the Ukraine crisis was an excuse for Washington to drum up tensions with its Cold War-era foe.

Ukraine truce `largely holding` but fears run deep

 Ukraine said Saturday a truce was largely holding in the war-battered east, despite fears it may ultimately fail to halt a pro-Russian insurgency still threatening to tear the country apart.

Last Soviet FM Shevardnadze dies at 86

Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union`s last foreign minister before becoming president of Georgia, died on Monday at the age of 86.

Former Soviet FM, Georgia president Eduard Shevardnadze dies: Aide

Former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze who helped end the Cold War in his capacity as the Soviet Union`s last foreign minister, died on Monday aged 86, his aide told AFP.

Cold War secrets out in open as KGB officer`s top classified files released

In what is being touted as one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history, top secret documents smuggled out of Russia by KGB officer Vasili Mitrokhin were made public on Monday.

Japan, North Korea to hold talks after kidnap breakthrough: Report

Japan and North Korea are preparing to hold fresh talks after Pyongyang`s surprise pledge to probe the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese nationals, a report said today.

Japan PM may visit North Korea in kidnap probe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit North Korea, Japan said Tuesday, days after announcing a deal to re-open the probe into Japanese citizens kidnapped by spies in the Cold War.

Russian-Western crew blasts off for ISS onboard Soyuz rocket

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a Russian-Western crew blasted off Wednesday from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station, as space cooperation between Moscow and the West presses on despite their worst standoff since the Cold War.

Ukraine forces suffer new losses in separatist east

Ukrainian forces suffer fresh losses on Wednesday in a rebel raid in the separatist east as the newly-elected president promised to hold his first talks with Russia`s Vladimir Putin on easing the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War.

Ukraine crisis: Russian diplomat says US resorting to `Iron Curtain` policies used in Cold War

Accusing the US of resorting to “Iron Curtain” policies used in Cold War times, a top Russian diplomat on Tuesday condemned the sanctions imposed by the US and the EU on Russian in wake of the escalating Ukraine crisis.

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.

Russia condemns new US sanctions as ‘uncivilized’, says America back in Cold War

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

Germany calls Ukraine crisis very hard to resolve; no sign of abating Cold War

Germany`s foreign minister warned Wednesday that the crisis in Ukraine was getting "harder and harder" to resolve, as the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War showed no sign of abating.

US not engaged in a Cold War with Russia: White House

The United States is not locked in a Cold War with Russia, the White House has said asserting that the situation and ground realities are now quite different from those of the earlier era.

Ukraine in bloody battle to oust pro-Russian gunmen

At least two people were killed and nine wounded on Sunday in gun battles between Ukrainian special forces and pro-Kremlin militias that threatened to scuttle the first international talks on the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Gunmen seize two government buildings in Ukraine

A police station and a state security building in eastern Ukraine were seized Saturday by armed men dressed in camouflage fatigues, an official said.

Japan fighter jet dispatch highest since Cold War

Japan dispatched fighter jets more often over the past 12 months than at any time since the Cold War ended, according to government figures, with the sorties mostly aimed at chasing away Chinese and Russian aircraft.

US could `re-examine` its military presence in Europe

Russia`s takeover of Crimea could prompt a review the US military presence in Europe, which has declined steadily since the end of the Cold War, a senior Pentagon official said.

Ukraine hosts key Western allies after loss of Crimea

Ukraine hosts two vital allies on Saturday amid Western efforts to cement Kiev`s leaning away from Moscow in a Cold War-style struggle for the ex-Soviet nation that has already seen Russia take Crimea.

Crimea holds referendum to split from Ukraine

Crimeans on Sunday voted in a unique referendum on breaking away from Ukraine to join Russia that has precipitated a Cold War-style security crisis on Europe`s eastern frontier.