Baltics mull joint air defence system against Russia

Defence ministers for the three Baltic states said Thursday they are mulling a joint air defence system in response to security concerns over Russia`s activity in the region.

85 percent of Russians back Putin government: Survey

Eighty-six percent of Russians support the administration under President Vladimir Putin, according to a survey released on Thursday by the Levada Centre, an independent Russian polling and sociological research organisation.

Vladimir Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a state secret
Vladimir Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a state secret

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a decree making military losses in "special operations" during peacetime a state secret, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its troops are fighting in Ukraine.

Russia's Vladimir Putin says US trying to block Sepp Blatter reelection as FIFA head
Russia's Vladimir Putin says US trying to block Sepp Blatter reelection as FIFA head

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the arrests of top FIFA delegates in a US probe as an attempt by Washington to oust Sepp Blatter as head of the organisation.

Biden castigates Putin, casts Ukraine crisis as a test

US Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday denounced Vladimir Putin`s "pure aggression" in Ukraine, warning that Western nations must be prepared to respond with further sanctions against Russia if necessary.

Russian divers report ancient ship find near Crimea

A group of Russian divers said on Wednesday they had found Byzantine-era ship wreckage in the Black Sea off Crimea that included a trove of 10th century pottery.

Ukraine still facing `continual attacks` on its territory: NATO

 A top NATO commander warned Wednesday that "continual attacks" against Ukraine were hampering Kiev`s efforts to modernise its army enough to one day join the Western military alliance.

Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after `undesirable` law

 Already branded "foreign agents" while endeavouring to help abuse victims or protect the environment, Russian activists fear a new law against "undesirable" NGOs will further stymie their work.

Obama says Russia adopting 'increasingly aggressive posture'

US President Barack Obama accused Russia of toughening its battlefield stance on Tuesday, as he met with the NATO secretary general to discuss the rolling crisis in Ukraine.

Russian science fund facing closure over 'foreign agent' tag

The founder of one of Russia's leading private foundations supporting scientific research warned on Tuesday he might halt funding after it was labelled a "foreign agent" under a controversial law.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen visits Moscow

The leader of France`s far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen visited Moscow for high-level talks Tuesday, amid fears the Kremlin is courting radical politicians across Europe.

Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Barack Obama says Russia adopting `increasingly aggressive posture`

US President Barack Obama accused Russia of toughening its battlefield stance on Tuesday, as he met with the NATO secretary general to discuss the rolling crisis in Ukraine.

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

Russia was conducting huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

Russia, Iran talks on S-300 missiles end in `success`

Moscow and Tehran have concluded talks on the delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran which should take place "quite" soon, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Monday.

Ukraine agents raid UniCredit in expanding terror probe

Ukrainian security agents today seized documents at the Kiev headquarters of Italy's UniCredit bank as part of a probe aimed at cutting off the suspected illicit financing of pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east.

Drugs used at Kochi party: Police

Police in Kerala on Monday said drugs were used at a party held at a plush hotel here on Saturday night.

One Ukrainian soldier, one rebel killed in war-torn east

One Ukrainian soldier and one pro-Russian rebel have been killed in fighting between government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine, officials said on Monday.

`Tanks don`t need visas,` blacklisted Russian official tells West

 An outspoken deputy prime minister in charge of Russia`s defence sector has dismissed Western concerns over Moscow`s increased assertiveness in the Arctic by saying that "tanks don`t need visas."

Ukraine rebels deny internal strife behind commander's slaying

Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels rushed today to dispel speculation that a bloody internal battle for control of Moscow's money was behind the gangland-style slaying of a top warlord.