Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he and European Union states had tried unsuccessfully to persuade Kiev to extend a ceasefire in east Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president had veered off the road to peace.
The upper house of Russian parliament on Saturday has approved the use of Russian troops on Ukrainian territory. This has happened after Putin asked the upper house of parliament to approve sending armed forces to the Ukrainian territory, in defiance of a direct warning from Washington that such a deployment would results in "costs" for Moscow.
The Kremlin is sorry the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama will not take place at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian leader, told reporters Friday.
US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the idea of placing Syrian chemical weapons under international control at last week`s G20 summit in Saint Petersburg, Putin`s spokesman said on Tuesday.