Putin greets new US envoy with demand not to interfere

President Vladimir Putin greeted the new US ambassador to Russia on Wednesday with a demand for Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner and stay out of its internal affairs.

How to identify a Russian tank in Ukraine -- by British embassy

Britain`s embassy in Kiev risked provoking fresh Russian ire on Wednesday by posting a diagram on Twitter "to help the Kremlin spot its tanks" in Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin backs deeper ties with North Korea after meeting Kim envoy

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Wednesday for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, a day after holding talks with a personal envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Spain says impounded Greenpeace ship defied Navy order

Spain said on Wednesday it impounded a Greenpeace ship because the crew defied orders to leave a restricted zone where they were protesting against oil exploration off the Canary Islands.

Don`t meddle in Russia affairs: Vladimir Putin to US envoy

President Vladimir Putin urged Washington`s new envoy Wednesday not to interfere in Russia`s affairs as he accepted credentials from US Ambassador John Tefft amid raging tensions.

Pro-Russia separatist leader challenges Poroshenko to a duel

Pro-Russia separatist leader Igor Plotnitski on Wednesday challenged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to a duel to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine rebels fight boredom of war with tanks and guns

Bored of war and dreaming of peace, pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine pass the time firing off weapons as months of conflict drag on with no resolution in sight. 

Two soldiers killed in separatist attacks in Ukraine

At least two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military command said on Wednesday.

Russia urges Kiev to talk directly to separatists

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday Ukraine`s leaders must talk directly to separatists in the east of the country and should not treat Moscow as a party to the conflict. 

Russia not to blame for negative EU ties: Lavrov

There is no alternative to cooperation between Moscow and the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, adding that Moscow was not to blame for strains in relations with Brussels over the Ukraine crisis.

World Chess Championship: Anand faces difficult situation against Carlsen
World Chess Championship: Anand faces difficult situation against Carlsen

Facing a point deficit with just four games to go, five times world champion Viswanathan Anand is in a now-or-never situation in the World Chess Championship match against Magnus Carlsen.

Complex turns for Xi on China`s diplomatic path

In a flurry of diplomacy, Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed environmental targets with the US, held a first formal summit with Japan and pledged friendship with Vladimir Putin, even as the Russian leader is ostracised by Western countries.

John Kerry delays trip to Vienna for Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed back his trip to Vienna where international negotiators are in final talks on Iran`s nuclear programme, his department said on Tuesday.

Kremlin critics urge Britain to punish Putin through oligarchs

Leading critics of President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Britain to step up pressure on the Kremlin chief by imposing sanctions on visiting Russian government officials and oligarchs.

German FM sees `no grounds for optimism` in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Tuesday he was not optimistic about an end to the crisis in Ukraine because of a "dangerous" escalation of fighting in the east.

'Rein in extremists' after attack: Russia tells Israel, Palestinians

Russia on Tuesday condemned the Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue as an inhumane crime, warning of a dangerous build-up of tensions and calling for both sides to rein in extremists.

Russia tells Israel, Palestinians to 'rein in extremists' after attack

Russia on Tuesday condemned the Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue as an inhumane crime, warning of a dangerous build-up of tensions and calling for both sides to rein in extremists.

FIFA lodges criminal complaint over 2018, 2022 World Cup bids
FIFA lodges criminal complaint over 2018, 2022 World Cup bids

Football`s world governing body FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over "possible misconduct" by individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Russia building Vostochny cosmodrome for independent space access

To procure an independent access to space, Russia is building the Vostochny cosmodrome. 

Fabio Capello under fire but staying on as Russia coach
Fabio Capello under fire but staying on as Russia coach

Fabio Capello has dismissed speculation that he is about to lose his job as manager of Russia amid a run of poor results for his side.