Russia's new MC-21: A challenge to Boeing, Airbus planes?

Russia's new MC-21: A challenge to Boeing, Airbus planes?

Russia on Wednesday presented a new medium-range passenger plane which state media said was superior to its Western-made counterparts in many respects. 

Russia unveils new MC-21 passenger plane, says will rival Boeing, Airbus

Russia unveils new MC-21 passenger plane, says will rival Boeing, Airbus

In a glitzy ceremony at a factory in Siberia attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Irkut Corporation rolled out its new MC-21 passenger plane which is still undergoing testing but is due to enter serial production next year. The plane is sometimes also known as MS-21.

PM Narendra Modi is 3rd most popular leader on Instagram

PM Narendra Modi is 3rd most popular leader on Instagram

With 1.7 million followers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is behind US President Barack Obama’s campaign account on Instagram.

EU's Mogherini says no Cold War with Russia as Syria truce agreed

The European Union`s senior diplomat said on Monday there was no Cold War climate between Moscow and the West as they agreed to a pause in the fighting in Syria, although Russia`s prime minister said tension was growing.

World has slipped into new Cold War: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev

World has slipped into new Cold War: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a new Cold War.

Russia PM warns foreign offensive in Syria could spark `world war`

Russia PM warns foreign offensive in Syria could spark `world war`

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that if Arab forces entered the Syrian war, they could spark a "new world war" and urged ceasefire talks instead.

Russia halts visa-free regime for Turks from January 1: Lavrov

Russia said on Friday it would suspend its visa-free regime for Turkish nationals from January 1 as it retaliates against Ankara for the downing of a Russian warplane.

'Act of terror' possibly behind Egypt crash: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev

'Act of terror' possibly behind Egypt crash: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev admitted Monday that a plane crash in Egypt's Sinai peninsula that killed 224 people was possibly a terrorist attack.

Russia says defending 'national interests' in Syria, not Assad

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday that Russia is fighting for its national interests in Syria, not for President Bashar al-Assad.

Japanese foreign minister to discuss disputed isles in Moscow

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next week to discuss bilateral relations, frayed recently by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev`s visit to a disputed island claimed by both countries.

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.

Vladamir 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.