Swedish navy widens search for mystery submarine

The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt today for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War.

China, Russia mull high-speed Moscow-Beijing rail line: Reports

China and Russia are considering building a high-speed rail line thousands of kilometres from Moscow to Beijing that would cut the journey time from six days on the celebrated Trans-Siberian to two, Chinese media reported on Friday.

Pipeline - 'like love' - should be mutual: Putin

Vladimir Putin Thursday compared the construction of a controversial natural gas pipeline to love, saying Europe needs to show its affection for the Russian project.

Russia denies agreed with US to share intel on IS militants

Moscow on Thursday denied a US assertion that it had agreed to ramp up intelligence-sharing with Washington over the Islamic State group, saying it would provide no such help without UN Security Council approval.

Reset in Russia-US relations 'impossible': Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thinks a reset in relations between Moscow and Washington is "impossible" while punishing Western sanctions remain in force, he said in an interview aired by US TV ON Wednesday.

Moscow challenges Abbott after Putin `shirtfront` threat

Moscow has thrown down the gauntlet to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott after he threatened to "shirtfront" President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 plane crash.

John Kerry says Russian troops withdrawing from Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday said that Russian troops were withdrawing from Ukraine, one of several key steps needed for Western sanctions to be lifted against Moscow.

Moscow and Beijing 'natural allies' Vladimir Putin tells China

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised growing economic ties with "natural ally" Beijing as he hosted Chinese premier Li Keqiang for high-profile talks.

Moscow and Beijing 'natural allies' Vladimir Putin tells China

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised growing economic ties with "natural ally" Beijing as he hosted Chinese premier Li Keqiang for high-profile talks.

Putin orders Russian troops withdrawal from Ukrainian border: Reports
Putin orders Russian troops withdrawal from Ukrainian border: Reports

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported late on Saturday, citing Kremlin spokesman.

Edward Snowden's girlfriend living with him in Russia: Film

Fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum by Moscow after revealing the extent of US government surveillance, has been joined by his American girlfriend in Russia, a documentary reveals.

Russian rights group calls state legal attack `insult`

Russia`s most prominent human rights group Memorial on Saturday called a government legal assault on their organization an "insult."

Vladimir Putin celebrates 62nd birthday in wild Siberia

Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 62nd birthday in the wilderness of Siberia as supporters from across Russia create tributes in his honour.

Ukraine's truce in trouble amid airport battle

Donetsk: Despite a cease-fire declared a month ago between the Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels, the biggest city in eastern Ukraine remains embroiled in fighting that includes daily artillery and rocket barrage hitting residential areas.

Kerry tells Lavrov of `concern` over Ukraine fighting

 US Secretary of State John Kerry told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov of his "concern" Friday over the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and urged Moscow and pro-Russian separatists to respect a faltering ceasefire.

Ukraine reports Norway gas deal to counter Russian cut

Ukraine said today it had struck a gas deliveries deal with Norway's energy giant Statoil aimed at helping it avert the consequences of a months-long cut in Russian supplies.

Battle rages for Ukraine`s main eastern airport

 Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian insurgents for control of a strategic airport in the restive east Friday and traded blame over the death of a Swiss aid worker, four weeks into their shaky truce.

Shelling in Ukraine rebel hub kills Swiss Red Cross worker

Shelling in the centre of the main rebel-held city in Ukraine`s east killed a Swiss Red Cross worker Thursday, tearing badly at a weakly observed four-week truce meant to defuse Europe`s worst crisis in decades.

Putin shrugs off damage from Western sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday shrugged off the negative impact of Western sanctions, saying they will only encourage Russia to build closer ties with China, India and Latin America.

EU, Ukraine plot next move in gas war with Russia

Crisis-hit Ukraine and the European Union will try on Thursday to forge a joint stance at crunch talks with Russia in the latest gas war with its westward-leaning neighbour.