Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Russia brands new sanctions roadblock to Ukraine peace

Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.

Russia says new US, Canada sanctions fuel Ukraine unrest

 The latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions by the United States and Canada hamper efforts to resolve the conflict, Russia`s foreign ministry said Saturday.

Fighting Sepp Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA
Fighting Sepp Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA

Sepp Blatter declared FIFA`s crisis to be over on Friday and said he would not abandon soccer`s governing body.

Russia military modernisation plan to go on: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernisation programme with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.

Russian prosecutors seek 10-year term for Kremlin critic Navalny

Russian prosecutors Friday called for leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to be sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher of more than half a million dollars.

Russia disappointed at new sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed disappointment over a new round of sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.

New US sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

New US legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

Russia is a strategic problem for the EU: Tusk

Russia`s approach to Ukraine and to the European Union is a challenge to the 28-nation bloc, which does not make European leaders too optimistic, but rather realistic, the new president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said on Thursday.

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow`s economy, the bloc`s new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.

Iran backs Russia's Syria talks initiative

Iran backs talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups, a senior Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying by media Thursday.

FIFA executive meets amid corruption report storm
FIFA executive meets amid corruption report storm

FIFA president Sepp Blatter opened a meeting of his 25-member executive committee on Thursday amid a storm of controversy over an inquiry into the bids by Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Putin says his grip on power is firm, economy will rebound

President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would rapidly recover from its financial crisis and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Chechen leader had `no right` to punish rebels` relatives: Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticised Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for saying that families of Islamist insurgents would be punished for a rebel attack on Grozny, a statement quickly followed by torching of several houses.

Western sanctions may last for decades: Russian minister

Western sanctions over Russia`s role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last "for a very long time", possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper.

Jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest: Reports

Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets, has reportedly been released from under house arrest just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.

EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow`s actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland`s Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Recent close shaves between Russian fighters and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say.

Russia blames hash for Sweden`s report of fighter near-miss

 Russia`s ambassador to Denmark on Wednesday made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet`s alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.

Russia has currency resources to overcome crisis: Medvedev

 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday assured ministers and industry leaders that the country had enough monetary resources to overcome the economic crisis despite the ruble`s plunge in value.