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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Thursday on the need for the UN Security Council to study a report by UN experts on the alleged chemical attack outside Damascus, the Kremlin said.
The Moscow election commission on Thursday said it would consider disqualifying Alexei Navalny from next month`s race for city mayor as support for President Vladimir Putin`s top critic climbed on the back of a vigorous campaign.
President Barack Obama on Friday denied he has poor relations with Vladimir Putin after cancelling their Moscow talks, but said the Russian president can sometimes appear "like a bored kid in the back of the classroom."