Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area: Minister
Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area: Minister

Russia`s defence minister called on Tuesday for the deployment of reinforcements to Crimea and southern Russia, citing the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby.

EU sanctions limit opportunities for dialogue: Moscow

The European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia limits the possibilities of bilateral dialogue, Russia's foreign ministry said Monday.

NATO expansion to Russian borders unacceptable: Lavrov

NATO's expansion by pulling more Russia's neighbouring countries into the alliance is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Ukrainian neutrality "a basic issue" for Russia: Lavrov

Ukraine`s non-aligned status is "a basic issue" for Moscow and efforts in Kiev to scrap it are an American-inspired bid to drive a wedge between Russia and Europe, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

'Several lorries in Russian aid convoy arrive in Ukraine's Luhansk'
'Several lorries in Russian aid convoy arrive in Ukraine's Luhansk'

All 200 lorries in Russian humanitarian aid convoy, waiting for their turn to undergo customs proceedings, arrived in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as per Russian media reports on Saturday.

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.

China offers Russia `helping hand` in Xi, Putin talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Beijing and Moscow to offer each other a "helping hand" in the face of external challenges, at talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Tajikistan on Thursday, state media reported.

US still concerned after arms treaty talks with Russia

Washington`s concerns that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty "were not assuaged" during a meeting between the two sides in Moscow, the State Department said Thursday.

Russia to boost nuclear, space defence forces against US

Russia will respond to the United States' "prompt global strike" programme designed to take out targets within an hour by upgrading its nuclear and space defence forces, its deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

Ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels effective: Ukraine

A ceasefire agreed between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels last week has proved "effective", a Ukrainian government spokesman said Wednesday.

Putin says Russia committed to Ukraine peace process: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday told his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Moscow remains committed to helping find a peaceful resolution to the fighting in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Russia hopes talks on east Ukraine status to start `quickly`: Lavrov
Russia hopes talks on east Ukraine status to start `quickly`: Lavrov

Russia expressed hope on Tuesday that talks between Kiev and rebel leaders on the status of eastern Ukraine would start shortly.

'Russia denies military plane approached Canadian warship'

A Russian Defence Ministry official, responding to complaints by Ottawa that a Russian aircraft had flown low near a Canadian warship in the Black Sea, said on Tuesday no Russian plane had approached the vessel.

Putin, Poroshenko discuss Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko talked over phone about ways to end the crisis in east Ukraine, the Kremlin said Monday.

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.

Russia dispatches naval force to reopen Arctic base

Russia on Saturday sent six ships carrying personnel and equipment to a Soviet-era military base in the Arctic that it is reopening to bolster its presence in the region, Russian news agencies reported.

Ukraine truce takes hold as West lines up Russia sanctions
Ukraine truce takes hold as West lines up Russia sanctions

Ukraine and pro-Kremlin insurgents appeared to be observing a truce on Saturday that could stem five months of bloodshed, but failed to head off fresh Western sanctions against Russia and is unlikely to quell the separatist drive in the east.

India, Russia conduct first-ever air exercises

The Indian and Russian air forces have held their first-ever military exercises involving counter-terror, fire-fighting and air defence in Russia.

Putin unveils peace plan for Ukraine, hopes for deal Friday
Putin unveils peace plan for Ukraine, hopes for deal Friday

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday unveiled a seven-point plan for peace in Ukraine which he said could be approved by rival sides in the conflict during talks scheduled for Friday.

`Too early` to know what Ukraine-Russia ceasefire means: Obama

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday it was still "too early" to know what the ceasefire that Kiev claims to have concluded with Moscow in eastern Ukraine really means.