India downplays Russia-Pak energy deal

India on Friday downplayed the Russia- Pakistan energy deal worth USD 1.7 billion, saying Moscow has assured that it will not do anything that will adversely impact the country's security interests.

Ukraine cuts train and bus services to Crimea

Ukraine has suspended train and bus services to the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula, citing security concerns.

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month

Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Russian President Valdimir Putin scraps New Year's holidays for ministers

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrapped New Year's holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis.

Crisis-hit Russia's top allies build ties with Ukraine

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev followed his Belarussian counterpart to Ukraine on Monday as Moscow`s old allies built bridges to Europe while Russia`s financial crisis and diplomatic isolation grew.

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Russia`s President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phone call early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.

Soviet `angry young poet` Yevtushenko hospitalised


Moscow: Russian non-conformist poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved rock star fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalised Sunday after suffering a fall.

Russia denies military jet near miss with airliner over Sweden

Russia`s defence ministry on Sunday denied a report by Swedish military that a Russian military plane nearly collided this week with a passenger plane over Sweden.

Ukraine says 11 attacks, drone spotted despite truce

The Ukrainian army on Saturday reported 11 attacks against its positions in the east where a ceasefire is tentatively holding and said a drone was spotted over Mariupol, the last major eastern town under its control.

Russia would react if US imposes new sanctions: Minister

Russia will take counter measures if Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, Russia`s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, according to an Interfax news agency report published on Saturday.

Russia's Lavrov says peace talks in Ukraine needed swiftly
Russia's Lavrov says peace talks in Ukraine needed swiftly

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated on Friday Moscow`s calls to convene as soon as possible another round of peace talks on the conflict in east Ukraine`s Donbass region, TASS news agency reported.

Hollande to discuss Ukraine crisis with Putin in Moscow: Paris

French President Francois Hollande will make an unscheduled stop in Moscow later on Saturday to discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, his office said.

Putin meets Syrian foreign minister for first time

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in his first meeting with a top envoy from Damascus since the old Moscow ally plunged into civil war more than three years ago.

Vladimir Putin breaks silence on family to say daughters live in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin, famously reticent about his private life, broke silence on Sunday on the whereabouts of his two daughters, whose lives are a highly kept secret.

Russia`s Lavrov heading to Vienna for Iran talks: Reports

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is heading to Vienna to join the Iran nuclear talks and is expected there late Sunday, RIA Novosti state news agency reported, citing a diplomat.

Putin says Russia is not isolated: TASS

President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was not and would not be isolated on the international scene and dismissed the risk of "catastrophic consequences" for the Russian economy of Western sanctions combined with a oil price fall and rouble slide.

Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Ukraine`s defence minister said Saturday that Russia has 7,500 troops in the east of the country, where pro-Moscow separatists have been fighting government troops for months.

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.

'Syrian team, Putin to discuss relaunching peace talks'

A high-level Syrian delegation is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss a possible relaunch of peace talks with the opposition, a senior Syrian official said on Thursday.

Russia ready to work with US: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday said Russia is prepared to cooperate on different levels with the US on the basis of mutual respect for both countries` strategic interests.