Vitaly Churkin, Russia's sharp-tongued ambassador to the UN, dies

Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York on Monday, following a career that spanned four decades and saw Russia emerge from the Soviet Union and experience many turbulent events in its relations with the West.

Four Russian servicemen in Syria killed in vehicle bombing

Four Russian servicemen were killed and two others injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded under their vehicle in Syria's western Homs region, Russian state media reported Monday, citing the Defence Ministry.

OSCE slams referendum in disputed land in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

An upcoming constitutional referendum in a disputed region populated by ethnic Armenians within the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is meritless, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday.

Russian MP: US security advisor departure is worse than paranoia

"A national security advisor having to resign over his contacts with the Russian ambassador is not even paranoia, but something much worse," says Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian upper house of parliament's international affairs committee.

Kremlin: Turkey gave coordinates for bombing that killed Turks

A Russian airstrike targeting Islamic State militants that killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria was based on coordinates provided by Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Alexei Navalny, Kremlin opponent who waged corruption fight and lost

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday was convicted of corruption - the very issue that he has long crusaded against.

Russia's Putin ratifies deal to build Turkish Stream gas pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified a deal to build the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, state media reported Tuesday.

Putin requests new Ukraine peace talks in conversation with Merkel

There need to be new Ukraine peace talks as soon as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

Kremlin says it's waiting, after O'Reilly joked about apology in 2023

The Kremlin said Tuesday that it is "very patient" and can wait another six years for Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly to apologize for insulting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia demands apology from Fox after O'Reilly calls Putin "killer"

The Kremlin demanded an apology from US television channel Fox News on Monday because well-known commentator Bill O'Reilly described Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a "killer" in a recent interview with US President Donald Trump.

Belarus emphasizes independence while posturing between Russia, EU

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko emphasized his country's independence on Friday while posturing between its main ally, Russia, and the European Union, with which its relations have considerably improved in recent years.

Surge in Ukraine fighting hits dozens of civilian areas

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has intensified amid reports Friday of deadly shelling in dozens of civilian areas and mounting hardships for people living in the conflict zone.

Energy cooperation warms Hungary-Russia relations

Hungary and Russia showed signs of closer economic ties Thursday with their leaders promoting cooperation in natural gas and nuclear power projects.

Hungary slams EU's Russia sanctions amid loss of 6.7 billion dollars

EU member Hungary has lost out on 6.7 billion dollars in exports since the bloc imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, Hungary's top diplomat said Thursday.

Ukraine 'absolutely satisfied' with US support on Crimea

Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN said Wednesday that he was "absolutely satisfied" with the support of the US on the issue of Crimea.

NATO urges Russia to end Ukraine conflict as fighting surges

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Wednesday to "use its considerable influence over the separatists to bring the violence to an end" in eastern Ukraine.

Soldier, two civilians dead amid heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier and two civilians have been killed and several others wounded in the past day as heavy fighting continues between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's east.

Intense fighting in Ukraine leaves seven dead, thousands without heat

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists saw some of their heaviest battlefield losses in months on Tuesday as combat in the east lead to power outages and no heat or water for thousands.

Ukraine's simmering conflict enters third year with no end in sight

The conflict in Ukraine's two eastern-most regions between Russian-aligned rebels and the Ukrainian military is entering its third year with no end in sight.

Kremlin: Trump, Putin 'quite likely' to meet before July G20 summit

US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin will "quite likely" meet before a summit of the Group of 20 major economies scheduled to take place in July in Germany, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state media.

Trump, Putin agree 'real coordination' needed to fight Islamic State

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, agreed Saturday on the need for coordination against the Islamic State extremist group, in their first telephone conversation since Trump's inauguration.

Russian bill to ease punishments for domestic abuse passes key hurdle

Russian draft legislation seeking to soften punishments for first convictions for domestic violence was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament on Friday.

Kremlin defends bill to soften punishments for domestic violence

The Kremlin defended a controversial bill to soften punishments for domestic violence, emphasizing that there is a difference between a one-time incident and repeat offenders.

Syrian rivals arriving in Astana ahead of truce talks

Syrian government and opposition delegations were arriving in the Kazakh capital Astana for talks planned to start Monday, Russia's state news agency TASS and Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

Syria indefinitely extends Russia's use of air and naval bases

Russia and Syria have signed agreements to indefinitely prolong Russia's use of a naval base and an airbase on Syrian territory, according to copies of the contracts published Friday.

Poroshenko's chocolate factory in western Russia to end production

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's eponymous Roshen chocolate factory in the Lipetsk region of western Russia announced on Friday that it would end production in the coming months.

Russia rejects European court ruling to pay former Yukos shareholders

Russia's Constitutional Court has rejected a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to pay almost 2 billion euros (2.13 billion dollars) to former shareholders of the defunct oil company Yukos, state media reported Thursday.

Russia extends Snowden's temporary residency by 'couple of years'

Russia has extended the temporary residency of fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden by a "couple of years," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post late Tuesday.

Putin accuses Obama administration of trying to delegitimize Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the outgoing administration of US President Barack Obama has been trying to delegitimize president-elect Donald Trump.

Russia: US wanted to use Islamic State to overthrow Syria's Assad

The United States and its allies hoped to take advantage of groups they themselves designated as terrorists

Russia invites incoming US administration to Syria peace talks

The incoming US administration led by Donald Trump is invited to take part in Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Poroshenko to Biden: Ukraine will never submit to Russia

Ukraine will never submit to Russian aggression and return to being a vassal of the Russian empire, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday to US Vice President Joe Biden, who was visiting Ukraine just days before his term ends.

'Pulp fiction' - Kremlin denies it has compromising Trump information

The Kremlin said Wednesday that it does not have any compromising information on US president-elect Donald Trump.

New US sanctions on Moscow just the start, US defence secretary says

Retaliatory measures recently levelled by the United States against Russia over alleged hacking activity are not the end of the story, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

Russia plans 10 test launches of intercontinental missiles this year

Russia plans to conduct at least 10 test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) this year, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday.

Russian parliament speaker calls new US sanctions Obama's "hysterics"

New US sanctions against individual Russians are a manifestation of the "hysterics" of departing President Barack Obama and his administration, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, said Tuesday in comments carried by state media.

Belarus to allow visa-free entry for EU and US citizens for five days

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a decree to allow citizens of 80 countries, including all EU member states, Japan and the US, to enter Belarus without a visa for up to five days, the president's press service said Monday.

Kremlin denounces US allegations of Russian hacking as "witch hunt"

The Kremlin on Monday denounced as a "witch hunt" US allegations that the Russian government supported a hacking campaign to influence the US presidential election.

13 die from hypothermia in Ukraine and Belarus amid unusual cold

At least eight people have died from hypothermia in Ukraine and another five in neighbouring Belarus in recent days, local media reported Monday, as temperatures sank below minus 20 degrees Celsius amid an unusual cold spell affecting much of Europe.

Pro-West Moldovan politician offers to be bridge to Russia for Trump

In an open letter to US president-elect Donald Trump published Sunday, an influential pro-western politician from the former Soviet republic of Moldova has offered his nation as "a bridge, not a battleground, between East and West."

Russia pulls aircraft carrier out of Syria in "symbolic retreat"

Russia announced on Friday that it was pulling an accident-prone aircraft carrier and several support vessels out of Syria in a reduction of forces as a renewed attempt at a major ceasefire takes hold.

Rift over Russia: Trump at odds with intelligence officials, Obama

It reads like the plot of a Cold War spy novel: The Obama administration seems to have no doubt that Russia is behind cyberattacks and intrusions during the US presidential election. But president-elect Donald Trump remains sceptical.

Austria gives 2 million euros for aid to eastern Ukraine

Austria is providing an additional 2 million euros (about 2.1 million dollars) "for humanitarian aid to the people in eastern Ukraine," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday on Twitter.

Kyrgyzstan working with Turkey to identify possible Istanbul attacker

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan are in "constant contact" with Turkish investigators to help identify the main suspect in the Istanbul nightclub attack, following media reports that he may hail from Central Asia.

West gets "Ukraine fatigue" as conflict with Russia appears unending

Ukraine continues to fend off the advances of Russian-supported troops in the country, but the West is losing interest in providing crucial backup to a government in Kiev fraught with corruption. How long can Ukraine's embattled leadership keep this up?

No expulsion of US diplomats over hacking dispute, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he would not expel any US diplomats over a hacking row with the White House.

Russia expelling 35 US diplomats in hacking row

Russia is expelling 35 US diplomats in response to US President Barack Obama's expulsion of the same number of Russian officials in a hacking row, according to a statement from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday.

"RIP" to Obama administration, Russian prime minister says

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said "RIP" to the outgoing US administration of Barack Obama on Twitter on Friday, after the White House decided to expel 35 Russian diplomats.

Russia rules out explosion as cause of plane crash that killed 92

Russian investigators have ruled out an explosion as the likely cause of a military plane crash this week, the head of the armed forces' aviation safety service said Thursday.

Russia: Syrian ceasefire involves more than 60,000 rebels

The Syrian ceasefire involves more than 60,000 rebels, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says.

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria from midnight

Russia, Turkey and Iran will act as guarantors for a nationwide Syrian ceasefire deal reached between the government and rebels that goes into effect at midnight (2200 GMT) Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced.

Kremlin says can't confirm Turkish report on ceasefire plan for Syria

Turkish state media reported Wednesday that Ankara and Moscow have agreed to a proposal for a ceasefire covering all of Syria, but the Kremlin would not confirm the report.

Black box recovered from crashed Russian plane

The flight data recorder from a Russian Tu-154 military plane that crashed into the Black Sea on the weekend has been recovered, the Defence Ministry said Tuesday.

Kazakhstan can host Syria peace talks, president tells Putin

Kazakhstan has accepted a Russian proposal to host peace talks between Syria's government and opposition forces, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in St Petersburg on Monday.

Moscow evacuates 3,000 people from train stations over bomb threat

Russian authorities evacuated about 3,000 people on Monday from three train stations in central Moscow because of a bomb threat by an unidentified caller, state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Russia: plane crash probably not terrorism

Russian investigators are not considering terrorism among the most likely causes of a military plane crash believed to have killed more than 90 people, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Monday.

First bodies from Russian plane crash taken to Moscow

The first bodies of victims from a Russian military plane crash in the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi were flown to Moscow on Monday.

Russia says no sign of survivors after plane crashes with 93 aboard

The Russian Defence Ministry said that "no survivors are seen" from the Tu-154 military plane that crashed on Sunday in the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi.

Russian military plane carrying choir to Syria crashes in Black Sea

A Russian military plane carrying more than 90 people, including a renowned choir to perform for the holidays at an airbase in Syria, crashed on Sunday in the Black Sea off the coast of the city of Sochi, the Defence Ministry said.

Putin backs those who hacked US Democratic Party for "exposing truth"

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday expressed support for those who hacked the US Democratic Party for "exposing the truth".

Putin: diplomat's murder was attempt to destroy Russian-Turkish ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemns the recent murder of the ambassador to Turkey, saying it was an attempt to destroy bilateral relations.

Putin holds major press conference days after ambassador killed

Russian President Vladimir Putin was holding his annual press conference on Friday, a typically hours-long event to highlight major issues concerning the country as the new year approaches.

Over 70 confirmed dead after drinking bath essence in Russia

Seventy-two people in the past week have died from drinking alcohol-based bath essence in the Siberian region of Irkutsk, local authorities said Thursday in the latest update to a rising death toll.

Russia mourns slain ambassador to Turkey with Moscow ceremony

Russia mourned Ambassador Andrey Karlov with a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow attended by the country's leadership, three days after the career diplomat was gunned down in an art gallery in Ankara.

Putin proclaims slain ambassador a hero of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has posthumously honoured the ambassador to Turkey with the award of Hero of the Russian Federation for his "great contribution to conducting foreign policy," the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Putin postpones major press conference to mourn slain ambassador

Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed his annual press conference by one day to Friday so he can attend a mourning ceremony for the slain ambassador to Turkey, the Kremlin said.

Russia sends team to investigate ambassador's murder in Turkey

Russia dispatched a team of investigators on Tuesday to investigate the killing of its ambassador in Ankara, where officials have announced plans to name a street after the murdered diplomat.

Russia, Turkey to retaliate with strengthened fight against terrorism

Russia and Turkey will strengthen their efforts to fight terrorism, particularly in war-torn Syria and Iraq, Moscow said Tuesday in response to the assassination of Russia's ambassador in Turkey.

Putin: Ambassador assassination is a "provocation"

President Vladimir Putin says the the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, is "undeniably a provocation" designed to damage Russian-Turkish relations.

Ukrainian government in surprise takeover of largest bank

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday that the government had taken over the country's largest bank, Privatbank, citing concerns of instability in the domestic financial system.

At least 49 dead in Russia after drinking toxic alcohol

At least 49 people in the Siberian city of Irkutsk have died after drinking berry-scented bath essence containing a toxic form of alcohol, methanol, authorities said Monday.

Russian plane crash-lands in Siberia, dozens injured

A Russian plane transporting military personnel crash-landed in the Siberian region of Yakutia on Monday, injuring dozens of people.

Eight militants killed by security forces in Chechnya

Eight alleged militants have been killed by Russian security forces in Chechnya, a local leader and a media report said Sunday.

Car falls through ice on Russia's Lake Baikal - three dead

A car broke through the ice while driving over Russia's Lake Baikal, plunging six people into the freezing waters, three of whom died, the civil defence said on Saturday.

Russia challenges US to prove hacking allegations

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman challenged US officials on Friday to prove their accusations that Russia was involved in cyberattacks to influence the US presidential election.

Kremlin slams US media reports of Putin involvement in hacking

The Kremlin on Thursday slammed US media reports alleging Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in influencing the US presidential election.

Russian opposition leader Navalny announces run for president in 2018

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a lawyer who has striven to root out entrenched corruption in the government but has repeatedly been beset by legal troubles, said Tuesday he will run for president in the 2018 election.

Russian plane crashes attempting to land on carrier near Syria

A second Russian warplane has crashed while attempting to land on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Syria, Russian state media reported Monday, citing the Defence Ministry.

Uzbekistan's Mirziyoyev, likely successor of deceased longtime ruler

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, prime minister of the authoritarian, former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan for 13 years and currently the acting president, is widely expected to win the top post in Sunday's popular election.

Report: Leader of Islamic State North Caucasus branch killed

Five militants, including the leader of Islamic State's North Caucasus branch, were killed Saturday in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Lost Russian space freighter sought in Siberia, near Mongolian border

Search teams on Friday were looking for a missing Russian space freighter believed to have crashed in southern Siberia, close to Russia's border with Mongolia.

Putin touts Russian economic recovery, readiness to work with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual state of the nation speech on Thursday touted a nascent economic recovery from a years-long recession and his country's readiness to work with the United States when it gets a new president.

Putin appoints new Russian economy minister after bribery scandal

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday named 34-year-old deputy finance minister, Maxim Oreshkin, as his new economic development minister after the previous one was dismissed following bribery allegations.

European Space Agency lacks 400 million euros for Mars programme

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to ask member states for about 400 million euros (420 million dollars) in additional funding for its Mars programme at a conference next week, spaceflight coordinator David Parker said Friday.

Russian ex-naval officer detained on suspicion of spying for Ukraine

Russian authorities have detained a former naval captain in Crimea on suspicion of spying for Ukraine, the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor agency of the Soviet KGB, said Thursday.

Four dead in gunbattle in Russia's turbulent Ingushetia region

Two Russian special forces officers and two suspected militants were killed in a gunbattle in a residential neighbourhood in southern Russia's turbulent Ingushetia region, authorities said Thursday.

Russia's Putin praises French presidential hopeful Fillon

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday praised the winner of France's recent Republican presidential primary, Francois Fillon, as a very professional, well-mannered politician.

Three astronauts arrive at International Space Station

Three astronauts from the triumvirate of the world's leading space agencies - NASA, Russia's Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA)- have arrived at the International Space Station

Turkey's Erdogan strengthens ties with Uzbekistan's leadership

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the leadership of the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan on Friday as the two predominantly Muslim countries strengthen their ties.

Russia blocks US social network LinkedIn

Russia blocked access to the US-based social network LinkedIn on Thursday, citing a violation of a new law that Russian citizens' personal data must be stored within the country.

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday declaring that his country will not become a member of the International Criminal Court.

Russian minister placed under house arrest, fired over graft charges

Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev was placed under house arrest and removed from his post on Tuesday on charges that he accepted a 2-million-dollar bribe.

Putin, Merkel discuss gas transit via Ukraine as temperatures drop

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday warned Germany about Ukraine possibly disrupting gas supplies to Europe during an expected severe winter.

Moscow welcomes new Bulgarian pro-Russian leadership for gas deal

The Kremlin welcomes the new pro-Russian leadership in European Union member state Bulgaria as an opportunity to revive the development of the South Stream natural gas pipeline, which had been planned to bring Russian gas to Bulgaria across the Black Sea.

Pro-Russia candidate to win Moldova's historic presidential election

Pro-Russia candidate Igor Dodon on Sunday appeared likely to win Moldova's first direct presidential election in 20 years, with a 55-per-cent majority after nearly all the ballots had been counted.

Moldova's historic presidential runoff drawing more voters

The runoff vote on Sunday for Moldova's first presidential election in 20 years appeared set for a higher turnout than the initial vote two weeks ago, the Central Electoral Commission said.

Moldovans head to polls for runoff in historic presidential election

Moldovans headed to the polls on Sunday in a runoff vote for the first direct presidential election in 20 years, with the pro-Russia candidate seen as the likely victor over his pro-EU opponent.

Snowden's lawyer rejects speculation of pending extradition to US

US state intelligence worker turned whistleblower Edward Snowden's lawyer said Friday that it is groundless to believe he will be extradited from Russia.

Russia accuses rebels in Syria's Aleppo of using chemical weapons

Russia's Defence Ministry said Friday that militants in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo have been using chemical weapons.

Russia admits contact with Trump's team during campaign

Russia was in contact with the campaign team of Donald Trump ahead of the US presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency on Thursday.
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