African Union, Russia vow to strengthen cooperation

The African Union (AU) and Russia Wednesday vowed to strengthen their partnership and cooperation in different areas.

Russia denies culpability as UN says MH17 crash in Ukraine may amount to `war crime`

Categorically denying Russian culpability in downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US and Ukraine must not jump the gun on concluding Moscow`s involvement.

Russia accuses US of fuelling Ukrainian crisis

Russia`s foreign minister today accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union.

Russia blames US for escalating crisis in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reportedly accused the United States of adding fuel to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and escalating it further.

Lavrov: Ukraine`s rebels ready for cease-fire

Russia`s foreign minister said on thursday that the pro-Moscow separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine are ready for a cease-fire but that Kiev has to initiate the process.

Ukraine shouldn`t be `pawn`: Kerry, Lavrov

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Ukraine should not be a "pawn" in a power struggle between East and West, but allowed that significant differences between Washington and Moscow could hurt efforts to prevent that.

Russia urges Ukrainian president to launch talks

Russia promised on Tuesday to assist efforts by Ukraine`s president-elect if he moves to negotiate a peaceful end to the unrest in eastern Ukraine.

John Kerry calls Lavrov on Ukraine before London meeting

Ahead of their key meeting in London, US Secretary of State John Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to express concern over the referendum in Crimea.

US Secretary of State calls Russia`s Lavrov to discuss Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss the present situation in Ukraine after a spate of deadly violence.

Kerry calls Russian counterpart over Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry today called his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss the present situation in Ukraine after a spate of deadly violence.

Syrian negotiations should be truly representative: Russia

Russia said that all parties should work to ensure that the Syrian peace talks turn truly representative and reflect the whole spectrum of Syrian society.

Syria proposes Aleppo cease-fire, prisoner swap

Syria`s diplomat said his country is prepared to implement cease-fire in Aleppo and exchange detainees with opposition as confidence-building measure before a peace conference opens in Switzerland.

Syrian peace talks yield potato diplomacy

For some watchers of international diplomacy, the somber road to Syrian peace was overrun by potatoes and furry pink hats.

End of Syrian conflict must be political not military: John Kerry

Asserting that any US military strikes in Syria would be "unbelievably small", Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political and not military.

US says inaction on Syria riskier, Assad warns retaliation

US said not responding to use of chemical weapons by Syria is riskier than military strikes as embattled President Bashar al-Assad warned America that they should "expect every action" in retaliation.

Cameron says `big step forward` if Syria hands over chemical weapons

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday welcomed a Russian proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to the international community to avoid US military action.

John Kerry calls Lavrov to brief on Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to brief him on the American finding of use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria.

Russia, Arab League propose brokering Syria talks

Russia and the Arab League have proposed brokering direct talks between the Syrian government and Opposition in a bid to end the civil war.

Iran and West need to set venue for talks: Lavrov

Russia`s foreign min says Iran and the West should stop behaving "like little children" and agree on where to hold talks on Tehran`s nuclear program.

Russia warns against Syrian President`s ouster

Russia has said removal of President Bashar al-Assad from power will do nothing to end the 19-month old civil war in Syria.