Russia slashes state funding for `foreign agent` NGOs

Some of Russia`s leading NGOs said Thursday that their work would be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.

Moscow hopes Brussels will avoid `negative scenarios` over Greece: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday expressed the hope that Brussels would avoid "negative scenarios" over Greece amid fears that the country is heading for a eurozone exit.

Russia vows continued support for Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised continued military, political and economic support for Syria, a Syrian minister said on Monday.

Syria says Russia promises wide range of support

Syria`s foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday that top ally Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country.

Russian MP urges Facebook blockage over rainbow flag

A Russian lawmaker, who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation, said Facebook should be shut down in Russia over its support for the US Supreme Court`s decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

Lone Russian activists battle to prove Kremlin troops in Ukraine

Ruslan Leviyev clicks through the evidence on the computer in his Moscow flat that he says helps prove Russian President Vladimir Putin is lying when he denies his troops are fighting in Ukraine.

Belgium to unblock frozen Russian diplomatic accounts: Foreign minister

 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.

Ukraine vows to pay Russia despite default threat

Cash-strapped Ukraine promised on Friday to make the next payment on a disputed Russian loan it had threatened to stop servicing due to Moscow`s rejection of more lenient terms.

Russian lawmakers approve early parliamentary vote in 2016

 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.

Putin says no one should talk to Russia through ultimatums
Putin says no one should talk to Russia through ultimatums

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Western countries must not meddle in Moscow`s affairs and that no one should speak to Russia through ultimatums.

India, Pakistan accession to SCO to be procesed soon

 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.

Pakistan Army Chief in Russia, discusses defence ties

Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Monday arrived in Russia and discussed bilateral ties, including defence and regional security, with the Russian Land Forces Commander.

New deaths and diplomatic warfare rattle Ukraine truce

Ukraine`s faltering peace deal suffered fresh setbacks on Saturday when Kiev reported the deaths of six soldiers and accused Moscow of abetting an attack on one of its Russian consulates.

Ukraine, Russia protest over attacks on each other's diplomatic missions
Ukraine, Russia protest over attacks on each other's diplomatic missions

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.

Pussy Riot member arrested at Moscow women`s rights demo

A member of punk protest group Pussy Riot and a fellow activist were arrested Friday at a demonstration in Moscow demanding better conditions for women held in Russian prisons.

Giant statue of Orthodox prince stirs controversy in Moscow

 Scaffolding surrounds the vast clay sculpture-in-progress inside a warehouse on Moscow`s outskirts, yet already the statue of Vladimir the Great has caused an outcry as big as the monument itself.

Obama tells Greeks it`s time to make tough decisions

 US President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on the Greece crisis, telling Greeks they need to make tough choices to save their country from a default and possible messy euro exit.

G7 says concerned about tensions in East and South China Seas

The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations said on Monday they were concerned about tensions in the East and South China Seas and called for countries to abide by international law.

Russia orders quicker build-up of military facilities in Kurile Islands

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.

Obama says Putin on doomed drive to recreate Soviet glories

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.