Ceasefire violation: 'Attempt to 'sabotage' peace talks in Russia'

Security expert Qamar Agha on Sunday called the recent ceasefire violation by Pakistan an attempt to 'sabotage' the country's possible peace talks with India during the BRICS Summit in Russia.

PM Modi to begin Central Asia tour today, meeting with Nawaz Sharif on cards in Russia
PM Modi to begin Central Asia tour today, meeting with Nawaz Sharif on cards in Russia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for an eight-day official visit to five Central Asian countries and Russia, starting from Uzbekistan on Monday.

EU foreign policy chief says Iran nuclear deal 'very close'

A nuclear deal with Iran is "very close" after almost two years of negotiations, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

Putin congratulates Obama, calls for talks as equals

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks on an equal footing between Moscow and Washington, while congratulating Barack Obama, on the occasion of American Independence Day, the Kremlin has announced.

PM Modi to visit five Central Asian nations, Russia next week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will next week visit the five Central Asian nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as Russia, where he will participate in the BRICS and SCO Summit.

PM hopes visit to Russia, Central Asia will help push ties

Ahead of his eight-day visit to five Central Asian countries and Russia from July 6, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed confidence that it will further enhance ties with these countries as well as other members of BRICS and SCO whose Summits he will attend.

Putin tells Obama US-Russia dialogue key to global stability
Putin tells Obama US-Russia dialogue key to global stability

 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said relations between Moscow and Washington were key to ensuring global stability and called for dialogue based on "equality and respect."

Russian gay couple gets asylum in Finland: Report

A Russian gay couple has been granted asylum in Finland because of the discrimination they faced at home over their sexual orientation, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported on Friday.

Russia's Parliament gives citizens ''right to be forgotten''

The State Duma, the lower house of Russia`s Parliament, passed a law on Friday, giving citizens the right to demand that Internet search engines should erase all irrelevant information about themselves.

Russia says Kiev`s refusal to negotiate with rebels `alarming`
Russia says Kiev`s refusal to negotiate with rebels `alarming`

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said Ukraine`s perceived failure to agree with rebels on implementing a peace deal was "alarming" and urged the West to pressure Kiev.

PM to attend SCO meet in Russia, plans for Modi-Sharif meeting still to be worked out: MEA
PM to attend SCO meet in Russia, plans for Modi-Sharif meeting still to be worked out: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in Ufa (Russia) on June 9-10, where Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif will also be present; but added that the possibility of a meeting between the two leaders was yet to be worked out.

Iran nuclear talks soldier on, no breakthrough in bomb probe

Tortuous talks towards a Iran nuclear deal ploughed on Friday with the head of the UN`s atomic watchdog having apparently failed in Tehran to advance a nuclear bomb probe, a major hurdle to the accord.

Russia successfully launches Progress supply ship to International Space Station
Russia successfully launches Progress supply ship to International Space Station

Russia on Friday successfully launched an unpiloted cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS) atop a Soyuz rocket.

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.

Pakistan does not rule out Sharif-Modi meeting at SCO summit in Russia

Pakistan on Thursday did not rule out a possible meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the annual SCO summit in Russia next week, saying such meetings in a multilateral setting are a "normal feature".

Russia fumes at expulsion of TV reporter from Ukraine

 A new public relations war raged Thursday between Moscow and Kiev after Ukraine deported a reporter with Russia`s Channel One television for allegedly running "destructive" stories about the crisis-torn ex-Soviet state.

NATO keeps mum on `Baltic brigade` request: Lithuania

NATO has vowed to hold "continuous" military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday.

Ukraine president lays out vision of new war-time constitution

 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday proposed constitutional changes designed to give sweeping new powers to the regions but critically fails to address demands of pro-Russian fighters in the separatist east.

Russia blasts Finland over visa denial for parliament speaker

 Russia on Wednesday slammed Finland for refusing parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin a visa, the first time he has been denied entry to the European Union after being put on a blacklist over Ukraine.

Russia halts gas supplies to Ukraine amid new spat

 Gas giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it was halting all natural gas supplies to Ukraine after pricing talks broke down in the latest row between Russia and its war-torn ex-Soviet neighbour.