Russia quits arms treaty consulting group amid tensions with West

Russia said Tuesday it was suspending its participation in a consulting group on a conventional arms treaty for Europe, the latest sign of deep tensions with the West.

Kerry to meet Russia`s Lavrov for talks on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on the Ukraine crisis Monday, less than a week after accusing Moscow of lying to his face over the conflict.

West's shows 'unwillingness' in Ukraine truce: Lavrov

Russia Thursday called Western threats of fresh sanctions against Moscow evidence that Washington and Brussels are not interested in the success of a troubled truce in Ukraine.

Foreign ministers call for total ceasefire in Ukraine
Foreign ministers call for total ceasefire in Ukraine

Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany were meeting in Paris Tuesday in a bid to salvage a ceasefire deal which has failed to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Concern in Britain over diminished role on world stage

British lawmakers accused the government of failing to show leadership over Ukraine on Friday in what the opposition Labour party said was "a growing chorus of concern" about Britain`s foreign policy.

`Spy mania` makes comeback in Russia amid Ukraine war

 What do a nuclear scientist, a young mother of seven, a church employee and a former military factory boss have in common? 

Britain `reserves right` to arm Ukraine: Minister

Britain reserves the right to arm Ukraine and will not allow the Ukrainian army to collapse, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told parliament on Tuesday.

Ukraine peace talks down to wire as fighting rages

 Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to finalise a peace deal for war-torn Ukraine ahead of a crunch summit in Minsk, with the warring sides pushing to gain ground ahead of any truce.

Europe`s outcast Belarus unlikely star of Ukraine talks

 Political pariah turned would-be peacemaker, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko will bask in the limelight this week when European leaders desperate to end the Ukraine war are expected to gather in Minsk.

Over 600 Russian troops start exercises in Crimea: RIA

 More than 600 Russian troops started exercises in Crimea, RIA news agency reported on Tuesday, a day before a summit on the Ukraine crisis in the Belarussian capital Minsk. 

US considering arming Ukraine with lethal weapons: Barack Obama

The US is examining the possibility of arming Ukraine with "lethal defensive weapons" President Barack Obama said today but insisted that no decision in this regard had been made yet.

Barack Obama hosts Merkel amid deepening Ukraine crisis

US President Barack Obama hosts Angela Merkel at the White House on Monday, as worsening violence in Ukraine confronts them with a choice between throwing more weapons into the war and risky peace talks.

Ceasefire holds key to talks on Ukraine crisis, says Russia

Talks on the Ukraine crisis can advance only when both sides fully observe a ceasefire in the country`s east to open the way for the full implementation of a four-month-old peace deal, Russia said on Tuesday.

Russia's Lavrov sees chance to solve Ukraine crisis in 2015 - Interfax

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sees a real opportunity to solve the Ukraine crisis in 2015, Interfax news agency quoted him as saying on Monday.

Ukraine to resume peace talks with rebels Wednesday

A fresh round of peace talks between representatives from Kiev and the leadership of independence-seeking pro-Russian insurgents will take place Wednesday in Minsk, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said here Tuesday.

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.

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.

Russia would react if US imposes new sanctions: Minister

Russia will take counter measures if Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, Russia`s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, according to an Interfax news agency report published on Saturday.

Gorbachev urges US and EU to "defrost relations" with Russia

The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday urged the United States and the European Union to "defrost" relations with Moscow despite tensions over Ukraine.

EU tells Russia to keep Balkans out of Ukraine crisis

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Russia Friday not to involve the Balkans in tensions between Brussels and Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis.