Russia-EU relations to remain Moscow''s priority

 Relations with the European Union(EU) will remain Russia`s foreign policy priority, despite the "complexity of the current situation", Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Russia to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

 Russia will provide 500,000 tons of coal to Ukraine per month, as well as 9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Saturday.

Belarus strongman sacks PM amid economic woes

Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday sacked his prime minister and several other top officials as the ex-Soviet state reels from the effects of Russia`s economic crisis next door.

Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary

Ukraine's suspension of transport connections with the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula is expected to be only a temporary measure, a Ukrainian security official said on Saturday.

Ukraine secures cheap Russian coal, power supplies

Moscow promised on Saturday to resume shipping coal and provide electricity to Ukraine for the first time in three years despite Kiev`s failure to guarantee energy supplies to Russian-occupied Crimea.

Syria ready to discuss Russia peace plan talks, opposition dismissive

Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative.

Syria says ready to discuss Russian plan to end crisis

Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war.

Belarus strongman Lukashenko sacks PM amid economic woes: official

Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday sacked his prime minister as the tightly-controlled ex-Soviet state struggles with the effects of Russia`s economic crisis next door.

Ukraine stops cargo, passenger trains to Crimea

Ukraine has stopped cargo and passenger train movements to Crimea from Saturday morning, Crimean Railway head Andrei Karakulkiny said.

Kiev and rebels swap hundreds of captives in peace push
Kiev and rebels swap hundreds of captives in peace push

 Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels were on Saturday set to complete a swap of hundreds of prisoners as part of a new push for peace that came despite Kiev`s decision to cut off key transport links to breakaway Crimea.

NATO buildup top military threat to Russia: Putin in new military doctrine
NATO buildup top military threat to Russia: Putin in new military doctrine

In what underlines deepening fault lines in Russia-West ties, Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed new military document that enlisted Nato's military buildup near its border as the main military threat to Moscow.

India downplays Russia-Pak energy deal

India on Friday downplayed the Russia- Pakistan energy deal worth USD 1.7 billion, saying Moscow has assured that it will not do anything that will adversely impact the country's security interests.

Ukraine halts trains to Russian-held Crimea

Ukraine said on Friday it was suspending all rail service to Russian-occupied Crimea because of security concerns.

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels swap hundreds of prisoners in peace push
Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels swap hundreds of prisoners in peace push

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels swapped hundreds of prisoners on Friday as part of a new push for peace in one of Europe`s bloodiest conflicts in decades.

Russia's Putin signs new military doctrine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday.

Ukraine halts trains to Russian-held Crimea

Ukraine said on Friday it was suspending all rail service to Russian-occupied Crimea because of security concerns.

No Ukraine peace talks in Minsk Friday: Belarus

Ukrainian and pro-Russian rebels will not be meeting in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Friday for what Kiev had hoped would be the signing of a final peace deal, a Belarussian official said.

Russia, 4-ex-Soviet nations finalize new alliance

Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations have completed the creation of a new economic alliance intended to bolster their integration, but the ambitious grouping immediately showed signs of fracture as the leader of Belarus sharply criticized Moscow.

Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack

Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month

Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.