Russia

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.

Germany, France slam Russia's acceptance of Ukrainian rebel passports

EU member states Germany and France, which have been seeking to mitigate the conflict between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, on Monday broadly condemned Russia's recognition of rebel-issued passports.

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.

Report: US and Russia supply over half of global arms

The United States and Russia supplied more than half of the world's arms over the past five years, a period that saw arms transfers reach their highest volume since the end of the Cold War, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.

Grabar-Kitarovic, Lavrov find solution to air pollution caused by Bosanski Brod oil refinery

Croatia and Russia have found a solution for the problem of air pollution caused by a Russian-owned oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been poisoning residents of Slavonski Brod, a town across the Sava River in Croatia, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Sunday.

Grabar-Kitarovic says Lavrov appreciates her sincerity about Russia's role in SE Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov appreciates honesty and we have had a good, constructive relationship for years, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Saturday, two days after she said that Russia was interfering in the integration of Southeast European countries with Euro-Atlantic associations.

Russia 'disappointed' with Pence's remarks on Ukraine conflict

Russia is "disappointed" with US Vice President Mike Pence's comments regarding Moscow's implementation of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, a senior Russian lawmaker says.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Russia shouldn't be seen as enemy, but one should defend intl. law

Russia should not be seen as an enemy but we must firmly defend the principles of territorial integrity and the rights of countries to decide on their own future, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Friday, after stating earlier that Russia was illegitimately opposing the integration of Southeast European countries into the European Union and NATO.

Germany, France dampen expectations for Syrian peace talks in Geneva

German and French foreign ministers on Friday played down expectations of a breakthrough at peace talks in Geneva next week aimed at ending the bloody Syrian war.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting with pro-Russian rebels

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others injured in fighting with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine in the past day, the country's military said Friday.

Croatian president says Russia's meddling posses threat to EU and NATO enlargement

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Thursday that interference by some countries, notably Russia, posed a threat to the integration of the Southeast European countries with the European Union and NATO.

Trump lambasts media, says stories about ties to Russia are a 'ruse'

US President Donald Trump went head to head with reporters Thursday at a wide-ranging news conference in which he denied having any dealings in Russia and accused the news media of being negative and dishonest.

Tillerson: US will work with Russia when it benefits Americans

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday the Trump White House was ready to work with Moscow but warned the Kremlin that it must implement peace efforts in eastern Ukraine.

No breakthrough between Syrian regime, rebels at talks in Astana

There was no breakthrough in negotiations intended to strengthen a broad ceasefire in war-torn Syria between government and opposition forces on Thursday, the opposition delegation said.

Trump team's Russia contacts under scrutiny as Tillerson meets Lavrov

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Bonn on Thursday amid a new political storm over reports that Trump's campaign team and associates had contact with Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump denounces "unfair" treatment of his fired top security advisor

Donald Trump is decrying the "unfair" treatment of his former national security advisor, two days after ousting Michael Flynn over what the White House said was an "erosion" of the president's trust in the retired US Army general.

Grabar-Kitarovic expects Croatia-Serbia relations to improve after Serbian elections

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Wednesday expressed hope that after the election of a new Serbian president there would be an improvement in relations between Croatia and Serbia and an exchange of visits by the presidents in order to discuss outstanding issues.

Trump lashes out after reports of campaign connections to Russia

US President Donald Trump attacked major media, US intelligence agencies and former president Barack Obama on Wednesday, after reports that his campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the election campaign.

After US, French campaigners accuse Russia of influencing vote

Weeks after US intelligence services accused Russia of attempting to influence their country's elections in favour of Donald Trump, backers of a front runner for the French presidency have accused Moscow of interfering in that race too.

Kazakhstan: Syria truce talks postponed to Thursday

International talks intended to strengthen a countrywide ceasefire in war-torn Syria have been postponed by a day, the host state Kazakhstan said Wednesday.

Report: Trump aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence

Associates of Donald Trump, including campaign aides, had "repeated contacts" with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the new US president was elected, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

White House scurries to respond to ouster of Trump's security advisor

The new US administration was in damage control Tuesday as questions lingered over the ouster of the White House national security advisor just 25 days after President Donald Trump took office.

Companies recently not exporting to Russia lose licences

Exports to the Russian Federation can be renewed following results of inspections by the relevant bodies in third countries and an analysis by the federal veterinary service.

Ambassador says Russia willing to collaborate with all Croatian companies, including Agrokor

Russia is ready to collaborate with all Croatian companies wishing to develop trade and economic relations with it, including Agrokor, Russian Ambassador Anvar Azimov said on Tuesday.

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.

Top Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russia calls

A top advisor to US President Donald Trump resigned late Monday in the first senior-level departure from the White House since the administration took over less than a month ago.

Syrian opposition says Russia is not serious about ceasefire

The Syrian opposition on Monday accused Russia of not being serious about a ceasefire in the war-torn country and threatened not to attend an upcoming meeting in the Kazah capital Astana.

Agrokor responds to Russian ambassador's claims

The leading Croatian food and retail concern, Agrokor, stated on Friday, that it had intensive cooperation with all investors, including those from Russia. and that "there is currently no demand for new exposure of Russian banks to Agrokor".

Pahor proposes Putin and Trump meet in Ljubljana

Slovenian President Borut Pahor has proposed Ljubljana as a venue for a first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, Slovenian media covering Pahor's visit to Russia said on Friday afternoon.

Russia expects Croatia's Agrokor to repay loans to Russian banks

Russia expects Croatia's Agrokor agricultural and food company to meet all its commitments regarding the repayment of loans to Russian banks, Russian Ambassador Anvar Azimov said in Zagreb on Friday.

OSCE: Ukraine military, rebels both responsible for killing civilians

Both the Ukrainian military and the rebels have been responsible for the "maiming and killing of civilians" in eastern Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday, following an escalation in the conflict.

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.

Slovenian president talks to Merkel ahead of his visit to Russia

Slovenian President Borut Pahor in Berlin on Wednesday held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about issues concerning the future of the European Union, notably security and political issues in its neighbourhood.

Podravka reports record sales on Russian market in 2016

Podravka generated record sales in Russia in 2016 and regards the country as its main market over the next five years, expecting two-digit growth rates, the Croatian food company said on Wednesday marking 50 years of its presence on the Russian market.

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.

Syria ceasefire enforcers Russia, Turkey map out terrorist-held areas

Russia, Turkey and Iran - the enforcers of a broad ceasefire in war-torn Syria - have mapped out the areas they believe are controlled by the moderate opposition forces included in the truce and the terrorist groups that aren't, a Russian general said Monday.

Norway military sees increased threats from cyberattacks

Norway faces a growing threat from cyberattacks and hacking, the Scandinavian country's military intelligence service said Monday.

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.

Lavrov rejects step-by-step removal of sanctions against Russia

Russia will not engage in a reciprocal process with the West to remove Ukraine-related sanctions step by step, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear in an interview that was published online on Sunday.

Trump defends Putin, says US has 'got a lot of killers'

US President Donald Trump has brushed off a description of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a "killer," saying, "What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"

Djokovic recovers from slow start to put Serbia 2-0 over Russia

The lone household name in this weekend's Davis Cup World Group first round, Novak Djokovic, had to shake off the rust Friday before posting a singles victory, with the win putting the 2010 champion Serbia into a 2-0 command of Russia.

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.

Norway probes Russian cyberattack on key agencies

Russian-based hackers have attempted to hack nine email accounts linked to the Norwegian police security service (PST) as well as other government agencies, the PST said Friday, amid an ongoing probe.

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.

US modifies Russia sanctions to allow technology sales

The US tweaked sanctions with Russia on Thursday to allow the sale of some technology that had been impacted by measures taken against Moscow over its alleged election-related hacking.

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.

NATO secretary general: Strong institutions best protection from Russia's influence in Balkans

NATO is aware of Russia's attempts to spread its strategic influence to the Balkans and the best protection from meddling in interior affairs of countries in the region is to advance their democratic institutions and capacities for coping with security challenges, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

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.

Swedish port city to serve as depot for Russian gas pipeline

A Swedish port city Tuesday approved plans to store pipes for an underwater pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.

Syria warns safe zones could be "unsafe" but Moscow softens position

The Syrian government on Monday warned against plans mooted by US President Donald Trump to establish safe zones on its territory, but its key international backer, Russia, appeared to soften its position on the idea.

Tillerson sees key Italy role on Libya, Russia, Ukraine

The US sees Italy as a key partner on the geopolitical challenges in Libya, Russia, and Ukraine, US secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson told La Stampa newspaper in an interview published Monday.

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.

WTO rules against Russian tariffs on European vans

Russian duties on transport vans from Germany and Italy run counter to its free-trade obligations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said in a ruling on Friday.

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.

Russia: Syrian peace talks in Geneva delayed to end of February

Syrian peace talks scheduled to take place in Geneva on February 8 have been postponed until the end of that month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Trump and Putin to talk by phone on Saturday, Kremlin says

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin plan to talk by phone on Saturday, the Kremlin confirmed.

Russia, Syrian rebels cautious on Trump's call for Syria "safe zones"

Opposing sides in the Syrian civil war appeared cautious on Thursday about US President Donald Trump's vague pronouncement that he will "absolutely do safe zones in Syria."

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.

Syria talks end with commitments to ceasefire, row over fighting

Key backers of the Syrian government and opposition on Tuesday said they were setting up a trilateral mechanism to monitor the country's shaky ceasefire, as two days of talks on bolstering the truce ended in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Trump vows support for intel community after Russia hacking spat

President Donald Trump vowed support for the US intelligence community in a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during his first full day in office.

US to attend Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan as observer

The US will attend Russia-Turkey sponsored peace talks on the conflict in Syria next week, the State Department said Saturday.

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.

Vietnam gets sixth submarine from Russia

Vietnam has received its sixth attack submarine from Russia amid rising Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, state-controlled media reported Friday.

New revelations expected on Russian doping in documentary

New revelations on doping practices in Russia were expected later Friday when a documentary on the subject was to be screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

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.

Two remanded in custody over assassination of Russia envoy in Turkey

Two people have been remanded in custody over the assassination last month of the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

Biden: US, EU must fight Russian plan to destroy liberal world order

Russia is intent on dismantling the liberal world order, and the best way to stop it is a strong alliance between the United States and the European Union, US Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday in his final major speech in office.

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.

Syrian government, opposition decide teams for peace talks in Astana

Syria's ambassador to the UN will lead his country's delegation to Russian- and Turkish-sponsored peace talks in Astana, while a top figure in the hardline Army of Islam faction will lead the opposition team.

Estonia, Lithuania sign defence deal with US after Trump bashes NATO

Estonia and Lithuania signed bilateral defence agreements with the US, just days after US-president elect Donald Trump bashed their common military alliance NATO.

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.

Trump's 'obsolete' NATO comments rattle EU foreign ministers

US president-elect Donald Trump's criticism of NATO has been met with "concern" by the military alliance's top offical, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday.

Syrian rebels going to Astana but won't talk politics, official says

A Syrian rebel official Monday said that most rebel groups had agreed to take part in Russian- and Turkish-backed peace talks due to start in the Kazakh capital Astana next week, but would not discuss political issues there.

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.

Poland welcomes US troops sent to strengthen NATO's eastern frontier

Polish leaders extended an enthusiastic welcome on Saturday to US troops deployed to support NATO's Eastern European flank.

Trump open to lifting hacking sanctions on Russia

US president-elect Donald Trump is considering lifting sanctions ordered on Russia in response to Kremlin-directed interference in the US presidential election, he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Saturday.

Report: German agencies warn over Moscow efforts to weaken EU-US ties

German intelligence issued a report to the federal government accusing Russia of trying to weaken the relationship between European and US agencies, Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

US public affairs programme interrupted by Russia Today broadcast

A US public affairs cable television network said Thursday it was investigating the interruption of its programming by a Russian state broadcaster.

British ex-spy who compiled Trump dossier "in hiding"

The British ex-spy who produced a dossier of allegations about Donald Trump asked his neighbour to look after his cat before going into hiding, according to British media reports.

Trump admits Russia hacked Democrats, hits back at allegations

US president-elect Donald Trump admitted Wednesday that he thought the hacking of Democratic Party officials during the presidential campaign was committed by Russia, as he used a rare news conference to attack media outlets for reporting that the Kremlin may have damaging information about him.

Mr 'Art of the Deal' Trump says he has no deals with Russia

US president-elect Donald Trump denied allegations on Wednesday that Russia could have leverage over him, saying on Twitter: "I have nothing to do with Russia

'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.

Reports: Trump told that Russia has compromising information on him

US president-elect Donald Trump was presented last week with classified documents containing allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising information on him, US news reports said Tuesday.

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.

WikiLeaks rejects US intelligence report that Russia leaked material

WikiLeaks on Monday rejected a US intelligence report that Russia passed on leaked information to the whistle-blowing site as part of efforts to influence the recent US elections.

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."

Study: Russia running targeted false news campaign in Sweden

Russia is increasingly attempting to influence opinion in Sweden, according to a report by the Swedish Institute for International Affairs and reported on in Saturday's Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Trump vows good relations with Russia after hacking briefing

US president-elect Donald Trump vowed Saturday to pursue good relations with Russia despite an intelligence assessment that charged Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the US presidential election.