NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: Heletey

Ukraine`s defence minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

NATO expansion to Russian borders unacceptable: Lavrov

NATO's expansion by pulling more Russia's neighbouring countries into the alliance is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: Reports
Russian aid convoy crosses border into Ukraine: Reports

The first 35 vehicles in a second Russian aid convoy heading for rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine have crossed the border, Russian news agencies reported late Friday.

Putin dismisses new sanctions even as Russian ruble sinks

Fresh EU and US sanctions on Friday dragged the ruble to a new low, even as Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed them off and accused the West of using Ukraine as a political pawn.

Sushma Swaraj meets Russian counterpart, discusses bilateral ties

India and Russia on Friday reviewed entire gamut of their bilateral relationship including cooperation in crucial sectors of defence, energy security, trade and investment and agreed to inject fresh vigour in the strategic and time-tested ties.

West hits Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine

The European Union will impose fresh sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday as Moscow angrily accuses its foes of trying to wreck the push for peace.

China offers Russia `helping hand` in Xi, Putin talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Beijing and Moscow to offer each other a "helping hand" in the face of external challenges, at talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Tajikistan on Thursday, state media reported.

China's Xi repeats calls for political solution for Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeated a call for the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved politically via an inclusive dialogue, during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, China`s Foreign Ministry said.

Obama says US to outline new Russia sanctions on Friday

President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States will join the European Union in imposing tougher sanctions on Russia`s financial, energy and defense sectors after Moscow sent troops into eastern Ukraine last month, and will provide details on the new steps on Friday.

EU to impose new sanctions against Russia on Friday

European Union governments agreed on Thursday that new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis will take effect on Friday but held out the prospect of cancelling some - or even all - of them next month if they believe a peace plan is working.

Russia has drawn up new anti-Western sanctions: Putin aide

 Moscow has drawn up new anti-Western sanctions targeting imports of second-hand cars and consumer goods, President Vladimir Putin`s economic aide said Thursday, as the EU agreed to slap new punitive measures on Russia.

Putin orders combat readiness checks for troops in Russia's far east
Putin orders combat readiness checks for troops in Russia's far east

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered snap checks of troops` combat readiness in the far east, Itar-Tass news agency reported Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying on Thursday.

Putin, Iran's Rouhani to discuss trade, economic ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while they are in Tajikistan for a security summit to discuss trade and economic ties, a Kremlin official said on Wednesday.

Vladimir Putin lights candle 'for fallen Ukraine rebels'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday emerged from a Moscow church and told journalists he had lit a candle in memory of those who died defending separatist eastern Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday as the military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine.

Ukraine says Russia withdrawing forces from east, sees boost for peace

Ukraine`s President said on Wednesday Russia had removed the bulk of its forces from his country, raising hopes for a peace drive now underway after five months of conflict in which more than 3,000 people have been killed.

Ukraine in NATO would be `unprecedented challenge`: Russia

Russia said emphatically on Tuesday it did not want Ukraine to become a NATO member, describing such a possibility as an "unprecedented challenge to European security".

Putin says Russia committed to Ukraine peace process: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday told his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Moscow remains committed to helping find a peaceful resolution to the fighting in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Putin, Poroshenko discuss Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko talked over phone about ways to end the crisis in east Ukraine, the Kremlin said Monday.

Self-centred Vladimir Putin wants to rebuild Berlin Wall: Dalai Lama
Self-centred Vladimir Putin wants to rebuild Berlin Wall: Dalai Lama

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama criticised Russia's President Vladimir Putin as "self-centred" in a German newspaper interview on Sunday, saying Putin seems to want to "rebuild the Berlin Wall".