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Russian Army integrates breakaway forces of Georgian province

Parts of the small fighting forces of the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia have been placed under Russian military control, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.

Croatia, creditors tailor emergency measures to save tottering giant

Croatia's tottering retail and food giant Agrokor reached an agreement with its creditors, putting its debts standby and allowing it to continue working during emergency restructuring, the Croatian branch of Austria's Erste Bank said Friday.

Fired Trump aide Flynn wants to testify in Russia investigation

Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's former national security advisor, wants to appear at congressional hearings into alleged ties between the president's campaign and Russia, his attorney said Thursday.

Ukrainian leader Poroshenko orders ceasefire in conflict-ridden east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday ordered his country's military to withdraw its weapons and implement a new ceasefire starting this weekend.

Putin prepared for first meeting with Trump - wherever it might be

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he is prepared to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump for the first time at an Arctic conference in Finland, should the opportunity arise.

US general says Russians may be giving weapons to Taliban

The top US general overseeing operations in Afghanistan said on Wednesday it is possible that Russia has been delivering weapons to the Taliban.

Gov't, Agrokor's creditors plan to sign standstill agreement, VTB bank says

The Croatian government and a group of creditors of Croatia's heavily indebted foods and retail group Agrokor plan to sign a standstill agreement this week, Yuri Soloviev, first deputy chief executive with Russia's VTB, has told reporters, as carried by Reuters on Wednesday.

Russian parliament speaker suggests officials meet with protesters

The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, suggested on Wednesday that officials throughout the government should meet with opposition protesters following rallies across the country at the weekend.

EU court upholds sanctions against top Russian oil producer Rosneft

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that EU sanctions affecting Russia companies such as top oil producer Rosneft are valid.

Russian president receives Serbian PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow on Monday, saying he hoped the relations between the two countries would develop positively and in the spirit of friendship regardless of political developments, while Vucic said he expected Russia's military aid to arrive in Serbia as soon as possible, Belgrade media reported from Moscow.

US State Department condemns protestor detentions in Russia

The US State Department condemned on Sunday the detention of "hundreds of peaceful protesters" at rallies against corruption in Russia, according to a post on social media.

Opposition leader Navalny detained amid biggest Moscow rally in years

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained in central Moscow on Sunday amid an unauthorized rally of thousands of his supporters, part of the the biggest wave of protests the country has seen in years.

Watchdog: At least 32 killed in airstrikes on rebel areas in Syria

Eight children were among at least 32 people killed in airstrikes on two different rebel-held areas in Syria, a monitoring group reported Saturday.

Trump campaign manager Manafort to testify in House committee

Donald Trump's former campaign manager has agreed to testify in a congressional investigation of the new president's claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Friday.

Islamic State claims killing of six Russian servicemen in Chechnya

The extremist militia organization Islamic State claimed responsibility on Friday for killing six Russian servicemen in the southern Russian region of Chechnya.

Putin meets with French presidential hopeful Le Pen in Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin met with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow on Friday and said his government does not want to interfere in next month's election.

Russia rejects offer to let Eurovision singer perform remotely

Russia on Thursday rejected a compromise offered by the Eurovision Song Contest to let its singer perform via satellite link after she was banned from entering the host country Ukraine, local media reported.

Eurovision to let Russian singer perform remotely due to Ukraine ban

A Russian singer banned by Ukraine from entering the country will be able to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest through a live video link, the contest's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said Thursday.

France's Marine Le Pen to visit Russian parliament

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to visit Moscow on Friday to meet with Russian lawmakers, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament announced.

It took 60 days to unravel what Todoric built in 41 yrs, says Bloomberg

It took Ivica Todoric 41 years to build an empire that now accounts for almost a sixth of Croatia’s economy, but two months of market panic were all that were needed for his main creditor, a Russian bank run by a longtime ally of Vladimir Putin, to decide that it’s time for him to go, Bloomberg wrote on Thursday.

Ex-Russian lawmaker, a Kremlin critic, shot dead in central Kiev

Former Russian parliament member Denis Voronenkov was shot dead on Thursday outside the Premier Palace Hotel in central Kiev, state media reported.

Turkey calls in Russian envoy over Kurdish enclave in Syria

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has called in the Russian chargé d'affaires, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.

Sberbank not considering closure of current credit lines to Agrokor

Russia's Sberbank is not considering closing the current credit lines to Agrokor's companies and continues to offer financial support aimed at stabilising the concern's current operations.

Trump communications may have been gathered in intelligence sweep

US President Donald Trump's communications may have been swept up as part of an intelligence operation, the head of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

Ukraine bans Russian Eurovision hopeful who performed in Crimea

Russia's Eurovision hopeful - who has become a source of controversy in host country Ukraine for a 2015 performance in Russian-annexed Crimea - was on Wednesday banned from Ukraine for three years, a move that will likely further degrade relations.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting in Brussels but will travel to Russia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers next month in Brussels, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.

Russia to repay US$125 mln debt to Bosnia in cash

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Finance Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda and Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak on Tuesday signed an agreement in Moscow pursuant to which Russia will repay a debt of US$ 125 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina that the former Soviet Union owed the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).

Gazprom, Eni signal intent to jointly develop Southern Gas Corridor

Italian oil and gas giant Eni said on Tuesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with its Russian counterpart Gazprom to jointly develop the so-called Southern Gas Corridor from Russia to Europe.

Sberbank prepared to continue to financially support Agrokor

An additional financial injection will stabilise the situation of Agrokor's current liquidity in the expectation of "the peak season" and Sberbank, together with VTB and other key creditors, is working on the solution of that problems, the Russian state-owned bank told Hina Monday.

Russian forces set up in Kurdish enclave in north Syria: spokesman

Russian forces have established a presence in the Kurdish enclave of Efrin in northern Syria, on the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main Kurdish militia told dpa on Monday.

FBI investigating links between Russia, Trump campaign

The FBI is investigating possible links between US President Donald Trump's election team and the Russian government, Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on Monday.

FBI's Comey: No information to support Trump wiretap claim

There is "no information" to support US President Donald Trump's claims that the FBI wiretapped his offices, Director James Comey says.

Opposition politician rules out Russia's political interest in Agrokor

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak said on Monday that the focus of negotiations between the privately-owned Agrokor Group and its creditors was not on the owners, namely the Todoric family, or the management and supervisory boards but on Croatian families whose members worked in the group or for its suppliers, noting that Russia had only business and financial interest, and not political interest, in controlling factories in Croatia.

Trump derides Russian ties claims as congressional probe set to begin

US President Donald Trump weighed in Monday to deny Russia-linked meddling in the 2016 US elections, before the first word on that very topic could be uttered at a public hearing before the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives.

FBI chief Comey to testify Monday on Russian election meddling

FBI director James Comey is to testify Monday at a public hearing of the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives on Russia-linked meddling in the 2016 US elections.

Report: Russian parliament to investigate US broadcasters

Russia's parliament is to investigate US broadcasters operating in Russia such as CNN, Radio Liberty and Voice of America, government newspaper Rossijskaja Gaseta reported Saturday.

Lithuanian President calls for reinforcement of NATO's eastern flank

NATO should move its military command closer to the alliance's eastern borders, in view of changing geopolitical dynamics and tensions with Russia, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Thursday.

Senators see 'no indication' of surveillance of Trump Tower

The leading members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday said they had found no indication that Trump Tower had been the target of surveillance by the US government.

Russian government shrugs off link to alleged Yahoo hack in US case

The Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday shrugged off an alleged Russian government connection to what US authorities have described as a hack of hundreds of millions of Yahoo user accounts.

US: Two Russian intelligence officers charged in huge 2014 Yahoo hack

Two Russian intelligence officers worked with two known hackers who stole information from at least 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, US officials said Wednesday as they announced charges against the four.

Sberbank says is in direct contact with Agrokor

Sberbank is in direct communication with Agrokor, however, it cannot give more details about relations with its client, the commercial bank's Zagreb office said in response to Hina's inquires on Wednesday.

Turkey in talks to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia

Turkey is in talks to buy Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Turkish defence minister confirmed Wednesday, following a report that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the matter with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week.

Ukraine imposes total blockade on rebel-held eastern areas

Ukraine's Security Council has decided to impose a total blockade on goods being transported to or from areas controlled by pro-Russian rebel groups, President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday.

Eurovision will abide by Ukraine's decision on Russian singer

The Eurovision Song Contest's supervisor Jon Ola Sand said Tuesday that the event, to take place in Kiev in two months, will abide by whatever decision Ukraine makes on whether to allow Russia's contestant to enter the country.

Russia's Eurovision nominee happy despite potential Ukraine ban

Russian singer Julia Samoylova is not letting a potential ban from Ukraine spoil her excitement about performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev in two months, according to an interview published Tuesday.

FM accuses Russia of trying to thwart Montenegro's NATO membership bid

Russia interfered in the election process in Montenegro with the aim of halting its admission to NATO, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanović has said in an interview with Hina.

Russia's wheelchair-bound Eurovision nominee faces Ukraine ban

Russia plans to send wheelchair-bound singer Julia Samoylova, 27, to the Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in May, despite a potential ban because she has performed in Russian-annexed Crimea.

Kremlin spokesman: Ambassador met with Clinton advisors too

The Russian ambassador to the United States also met with advisors to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a Kremlin spokesman said Sunday, as he dismissed charges of Russian interference in the US presidential election.

Russia partially lifts Turkish import ban as Putin to meet Erdogan

Russia partially rescinded a ban on Turkish agricultural products on Friday while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on an official visit to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Five killed in helicopter crash in Istanbul

Five people were killed on Friday in a helicopter crash in Istanbul shortly after take-off, Governor Vasip Sahin said, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Russian opposition activist Dadin detained soon after prison release

Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin, whose conviction for attending unauthorized rallies was recently overturned by the Supreme Court, was again detained during a protest on Friday.

US Congress hears warning of Russian election meddling in Europe

Estonian ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, whose government withstood a suspected Russian cyberattack a decade ago, warned Thursday that major European elections will be the "main battlefield for the next year" of online warfare.

Israel's Netanyahu warns Putin against Iranian influence in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday against Iranian influence in war-torn Syria.

Germany warns of arms race with Russia, demands more OSCE in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned of a new arms race with Russia on a visit to Moscow on Thursday, but agreed with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that there should be more OSCE observers in the conflict zones of eastern Ukraine.

Germany warns Russia not to tamper with German elections

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warns Russia not to tamper with the upcoming German parliamentary elections in September, following accusations of Russian tampering in the US presidential election.

Serbia soon to receive six Russian MiGs

Serbia is to receive six MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia by the end of March, and a decree on their delivery is expected to be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow, the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti said on Tuesday.

Russia restricts 'Beauty and the Beast' film with gay sub-plot

Russia will not allow children to see the new Disney film "Beauty and the Beast," which an influential lawmaker has denounced as gay propaganda, state media reported Tuesday.

Russia rejects Ukraine's conflict allegations in UN's highest court

Kiev's claims before the United Nations' highest court alleging that Russia participated in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine are groundless, Russia's lawyer said Tuesday.

Russian, Turkish, US military chiefs holding surprise talks on Syria

The chiefs of the Russian, Turkish and US militaries were meeting Tuesday in Turkey for a previously unannounced session about Syria, according to statements from the participants.

US-backed militia hands over posts near Minbij to Syrian forces

A US-backed militia positioned in northern Syria said on Tuesday it has handed areas west of Minbij to Syrian government forces, an official source said. 

Turkey arrests third suspect in probe of Russian ambassador murder

A Russian national who was allegedly in contact with the Turkish police officer who gunned down Moscow's envoy to Turkey in December has been arrested, according to Turkish media reports on Monday.

Ukraine urges UN court take action against Russia's 'terrorist acts'

Ukraine demanded on Monday that the United Nations' highest court take action against Russia's "terrorist acts" in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Bosnian Serb leader says prefers Russian gas to Croatian

The Bosnian Serb entity's president Milorad Dodik on Saturday again rejected a possibility of connecting Bosnia and Herzegovina's gas network to Croatia's network, insisting that the Serb entity be provided from the pipelines that deliver gas supplies only from Russia.

Hole story: Trump offers doughnut diversion from Russia ties

US President Donald Trump sunk his teeth into the political opposition Friday, labelling them hypocrites and calling for a probe of their Russia ties, with his attorney under a cloud for failing to disclose contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Gabriel in Kiev: democratic society's greatest weapon is not military

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on a visit to Ukraine emphasized economic development as a way to confront Russia.

Syrian state forces to back Kurds under threat from Turkey

Russia, the main military backer of Syria's government, said Friday that Syrian state forces have been deployed to the northern Syrian city of Manbij to support Kurdish forces.

Serb nationalists jeer EU's top diplomat as she addresses parliament

Serbian nationalist lawmakers on Friday chanted and jeered to drown out the European Union's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, as she addressed parliament.

Russia denounces claim that ambassador to US is 'top spy'

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday denounced a claim in a report by US broadcaster CNN that long-time Ambassador Sergei Kislyak is "one of Russia's top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington."

Russia reports first top-level contacts with NATO since 2014

Russia's Defence Ministry on Friday reported the first top-level talks between its military and NATO since the Western military alliance froze ties at the onset of the Ukraine crisis in 2014.

US Attorney General Sessions will recuse himself from Russia probes

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he would recuse himself from Justice Department decisions on investigations related to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, as questions swirl about its connections to Russia.

White House stands by embattled Attorney General Sessions

The White House remained firmly in support of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, even as top Democrats called Thursday for resignation over his testimony denying contacts to Russia.

Russia: New York Times report on fake news is itself fake news

A New York Times article about Russia denouncing fake news actually contains fake news, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday, branding it with a big red stamp: "FAKE."

Sessions denies discussing Trump campaign with Russia

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing after local media reported he had failed to disclose two meetings he had with the Russian ambassador last year, hours after a lawmaker said allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow would be investigated.

Russia, Syria aircraft accidentally bomb US-backed rebels

Russian and Syria aircraft inadvertently bombed US-backed rebels in northern Syria, the general overseeing US operations said Wednesday.

Dodik: Croatia's claims of pollution from Bosnian refinery trumped up

ZAGREB, March 1 (Hina) -  Milorad Dodik, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS), claims that there are no problems with the functioning of the oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, which is causing air pollution also in Slavonski Brod, a neighbouring town in Croatia across the Sava River, accusing Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of falsely informing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about this in Munich in February.

Top US general welcomes planned military boost in Lithuania

The head of US military forces in Europe on Wednesday welcomed Lithuania's move to boost military spending and personnel.

Ukrainian rebels declare business takeovers as blockade tensions rise

A major Ukrainian rebel group said Wednesday that it was taking over dozens of businesses operating on its territory, as nationalist activists enforce a blockade that has cut off trade with the rebel-held east for a month.

Syrian forces attacked Aleppo with chlorine gas, UN probe says

Syrian security forces attacked civilians with chlorine gas in Aleppo last year, UN investigators concluded in a report on Wednesday, a day after China and Russia vetoed new sanctions against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

Russia, China veto Syria sanctions in UN Security Council

Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for sanctions against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for its use of chemical weapons.

Ukrainian minister wants to remove blockade of rebel-held east

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Tuesday that he has requested permission for the police force to disband an activist-enforced blockade of the country's rebel-held east.

Key congressman has 'no evidence' of Trump contacts with Russia

The chairman of the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said he is not aware of any evidence of improper contacts between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Russian agents main suspects for attempted coup in Montenegro

Russian citizens Eduard Shumakov and Vladimir Popoc, suspected of organising terrorist activities in Montenegro and forming a criminal organisation, are agents of Russia's Main Intelligence Agency (GRU), British, U.S. and other intelligence agencies confirmed, the Podgorica-based media reported on Sunday.

Russians honour slain opposition leader Nemtsov in Moscow rally

A demonstration on the second anniversary of the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov drew thousands of people to the streets of Moscow on Sunday.

Ukraine's famed ex-prisoner Savchenko meets inmates in rebel region

Nadiya Savchenko, a military pilot who became the most famous prisoner of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, met Ukrainian prisoners in the separatist region of Donetsk, according to local media reports on Saturday.

Germany says Russia plan for Reichstag replica 'speaks for itself'

A Russian plan to construct a replica of the Reichstag so that military enthusiasts can re-enact the Red Army's 1945 capture of Berlin is "surprising and speaks for itself," a German government spokeswoman said Friday.

Report: FBI rejected White House request to deny Trump Russia links

The FBI declined a recent White House request to deny media reports about contact between campaign staff for US President Donald Trump and Russian intelligence before last year's election, CNN reported on Thursday.

Croatian MEP says Moscow wants to influence in western Balkans

Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovcic said in an interview with the Montenegrin Pobjeda daily on Thursday that Moscow is trying to exploit the political forces in Montenegro and that Russia's meddling in Montenegro's internal affairs was "unacceptable behaviour."

Ukrainian lawmaker says he was "bait" in fake abduction

Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko told reporters Thursday that his reported abduction in the Odessa region was fake, part of a sting operation to expose an organized crime group, state media reported.

Russia to build replica Reichstag for schoolchildren to storm

A military-themed park in a suburb of Moscow will soon install a replica of Berlin's Reichstag for Russian schoolchildren to storm, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

Russia condemns 'fake' Western news in hall of shame on state website

Russia's Foreign Ministry introduced a new section of its website on Wednesday to condemn Western news reports with a big red stamp: "FAKE."

Kosovo FM says Serbia wants to dominate Southeast Europe "Russian-style"

Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj has said in an interview with Hina that Serbia actually does not want to join the European Union but to dominate the southeast of Europe through constant provocation of tensions with its neighbours, including Croatia.

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.