Belgium will unblock Russian embassy accounts that had been frozen over legal claims by shareholders of former oil company Yukos, the EU country`s foreign minister said Saturday, after Moscow vowed retaliation.
Lawmakers in Russia's Kremlin- controlled parliament on Friday gave tentative approval to a bill that would move up next year's parliamentary election by three months, a tactic seen by critics as an attempt to weaken the opposition.
A process of India`s and Pakistan`s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be officially launched at the SCO summit due to be held in the Russian city of Ufa in July, according to SCO secretary general Dmitry Mezentsev.
Ukraine protested to Russia on Saturday after mobs vandalised its embassy in Moscow and its consulate in Rostov-on-Don overnight, a day after Russia made a similar protest to Ukraine over damage to the Russian consulate in Kharkiv.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday ordered the speeding up of construction of military and civilian infrastructure on a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims.
US President Barack Obama accused President Vladimir Putin of wrecking Russia`s economy in a doomed drive to recreate the glories of the Soviet empire and G7 leaders said they could step up sanctions against Moscow if violence in Ukraine escalated.