Lavrov: Ukraine step toward Nato counter-productive

2014-12-23 22:01

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Ukraine's adoption of a bill to drop its non-aligned status was "absolutely counter-productive".

West wants Russian regime change, says Kremlin

2014-11-22 22:06

Russia has accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

Mugabe backs Russia

2014-09-16 19:26

Zimbabwean's veteran president Robert Mugabe has voiced his support for Russia describing Western sanctions against Moscow as illegal.

Russia's Lavrov urges US to talk sense

2014-09-02 18:00

Russia says Ukraine's moves to join Nato are aimed at undermining efforts to end the war in the east of the country, and called on Washington to use its influence and talk sense into Kiev.

Russia announces second aid convoy for Ukraine

2014-08-25 17:44

Russia is planning to send a second aid convoy to areas in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist rebels, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says.

Ukraine fighting rages as ministers prepare meeting

2014-07-02 12:28

Ukrainian government forces have pressed on with a military drive as Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France prepared a meeting of foreign ministers to control the crisis.

Ukraine situation worsening - Russia

2014-06-02 12:35

Russia will submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for an immediate end to worsening violence in Ukraine and the creation of humanitarian corridors in the east of the country.

Putin orders troops near Ukraine to return home

2014-05-19 14:13

Russian President Putin has ordered troops near Ukraine to return to their home bases and praised the launch of a dialogue between the Ukrainian government and its opponents.

Death toll rises in Ukraine, warnings of civil war

2014-05-06 12:17

The death toll from a military offensive in a flashpoint town in east Ukraine has risen to at least 34, officials say, amid fresh warnings of civil war.

Kiev will face justice for 'bloody crime' - Russia

2014-04-25 13:06

Russia has warned Kiev that it would face justice for a "bloody crime" in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Russian rebels a day earlier.

Russia accuses US of 'running the show' in Kiev

2014-04-23 11:30

Russia has accused the US of controlling the actions of the pro-West Ukrainian government, saying that Washington was now "running the show" in Kiev.

Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

2014-04-15 11:25

Over the past 10 days, more than a dozen government offices in eastern Ukraine have been taken over by pro-Russian forces, with most of the seizures following the same pattern.

Ukraine blames Russia agents for Kiev carnage

2014-04-04 08:53

EU foreign ministers are preparing to meet over the Crimea crisis in Athens after Ukraine's leaders blamed the country's ousted president for organising bloodshed during February protests.

Kerry, Lavrov seek deal on Ukraine crisis

2014-03-30 22:45

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met his Russian counterpart hoping to ease global tensions over the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea and buildup of troops near Ukraine.

Ukraine mobilises as Merkel warns Russia

2014-03-13 14:57

Ukraine has moved to mobilise a volunteer force to ward off Russia's expansionist threat as Berlin warns Moscow of long-term damage to its economy and EU relations over the Crimea crisis.

Russia, US still far apart on Ukraine - Putin

2014-03-07 10:27

President Vladimir Putin says Russia and the US still stood far apart over Ukraine, but the two countries should not sacrifice relations over a disagreement.

Russia: Yanukovych requested troops in Crimea

2014-03-04 09:34

Ukraine's fugitive president has requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region "to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order," Russia's UN ambassador says.

EU, Russia bid to calm tensions over Ukraine

2014-02-26 07:13

World powers have sought to ease tensions over Ukraine as the country's interim authorities grappled with the threat of economic collapse and separatism.

Russia: Syria govt right to focus on 'terrorism''

2014-02-17 21:28

Russia says that blame for the lack of progress at Syrian talks must be placed on either side and that President Assad's was "completely justified" in his efforts to make "terrorism" a top priority.

No compromise at day 2 of Syria talks

2014-01-23 10:29

Syria's peace conference has moved into a second day with the warring sides showing no willingness to compromise as global powers seek to engineer talks on ending the bloodshed.

Assad will not be part of transition govt: Kerry

2014-01-22 13:39

Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be part of any new transitional government, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted at the start of a peace conference.

Syria warring sides gather as Geneva II begins

2014-01-22 09:48

Nearly three years after the start of their fierce civil war, Syria's opposing sides will gather with world powers in Switzerland for the most serious effort yet to end the war.

Snubbed Iran warns Syria talks will fail

2014-01-21 16:15

Long-awaited peace talks on Syria's devastating civil war are set to go ahead this week after the UN withdrew an invitation to Iran, but Tehran says they are doomed to fail.

Ukraine violence 'getting out of control'

2014-01-21 13:36

Russia has warned that clashes between opposition and police in Ukraine were getting out of control and slammed the EU's support of the protest movement against President Viktor Yanukovych.

Kerry seeks to bridge US-Russia gap with potatoes

2014-01-14 13:42

After months of tension between the US and Russia, US Secretary of State John Kerry has sought to bridge the diplomatic gap by giving his Russian counterpart an unusual gift of potatoes.


Palestinians push UN bid as Kerry meets Netanyahu

2014-12-15 10:17

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet the Israeli prime minister, two days before Palestinians push for a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation.

Lavrov says deadline for Iran deal 'not sacred'

2014-10-15 07:08

Russia's foreign minister says the deadline to strike a nuclear deal with Iran is 'not sacred', in the strongest suggestion yet of a possible extension.

US open to talks with Iran on ISIS - Kerry

2014-09-16 12:36

As more than two dozen nations pledged to help Iraq fight ISIS militants, the US says it is open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia

2014-09-02 06:39

Ukrainian forces have ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

Kiev promises 'restraint' as army nears rebels

2014-07-10 12:33

Rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine have braced for more fighting as Western leaders piled pressure on Kiev to strike a truce with pro-Russian separatists.

Ceasefire needed for Ukraine negotiations - Russia

2014-06-23 13:02

Russia's foreign ministry says that a "durable ceasefire" is needed in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels before peace negotiations could start.

Ukraine's new leader to talk to Russia

2014-05-26 15:57

Ukraine's new president-elect has wasted no time immediately focusing on the top issues at hand - saying he was willing to begin talks with Moscow.

Putin's 'New Russia' takes shape in east Ukraine

2014-05-15 10:35

Fielding questions last month, President Vladimir Putin has described regions of eastern and southern Ukraine as a "New Russia" that could one day return to Moscow's control.

Ukraine accuses Russia of seeking 'third world war'

2014-04-25 14:40

Kiev has accused Moscow of seeking to trigger a "third world war" as military tensions soared in east Ukraine and US President Barack Obama led a diplomatic charge against Russia.

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

2014-04-25 08:53

President Barack Obama, accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, has warned Moscow that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up".

US demands 'concrete steps' by Moscow

2014-04-22 09:04

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia to take "concrete steps" to implement an agreement on defusing the crisis in Ukraine.

Russia, West lock horns at UN over Ukraine

2014-04-14 07:51

The UN Security Council has held emergency talks after Ukraine declared a "full-scale" military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its restive east.

US, Russia offer differing solutions on Ukraine

2014-03-31 09:29

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are advancing far different proposals on how to calm tensions and de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine fears Russia 'ready to attack'

2014-03-24 10:00

Ukraine's Western-backed leaders have voiced fears of an imminent Russian invasion of the industrial heartland, as Nato's top commander warned of a "very sizeable" Russia troop presence.

Russia won't budge on Ukraine's Crimea

2014-03-10 08:19

Diplomatic efforts to calm the Ukraine crisis has inched forward, with Moscow saying it would consider Western proposals for talks on the standoff but insisting Crimea had the right to secede.

Germany welcomes reports of Russia pullback

2014-03-04 13:11

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he welcomed reports of a pullback of Russian troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia.

Biden offers support to Ukraine prime minister

2014-02-28 08:59

US Vice President Joe Biden has told Ukraine's new prime minister that the US welcomes the formation of the country's new government.

US policy on Syria aids terrorism: Moscow

2014-02-21 08:04

Moscow has accused Washington of prolonging the Syrian conflict by supporting the opposition ahead of a UN Security Council vote that threatens to further deepen big power divisions.

Russia: Syria to remove chemical arms this month

2014-02-04 10:05

Syria plans to send a large shipment of toxic agents out of the country this month and can complete the removal process by 1 March, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov says.

Ukraine police chase protesters from clash site

2014-01-22 14:59

Police in Ukraine's capital have torn down protester barricades and chased demonstrators away from the site of violent clashes, hours after two protesters died after being shot.

Syrian govt: Opposition are traitors

2014-01-22 12:20

Syria's foreign minister has accused his country's opposition of being traitors and says neighbouring countries set Syria ablaze by sending arms and fighters to the civil war.

Ukraine PM warns protesters

2014-01-22 07:38

Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has warned that the security forces could use force to disperse protests after two nights of clashes that left hundreds wounded.

Iran absence at talks a 'mistake': Russia

2014-01-21 14:46

Russia has called the United Nations' decision to withdraw its invitation for Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference a "mistake" that cast a shadow on the global body's reputation.

Syria peace talks in doubt after Iran invite

2014-01-20 15:45

Syria's main, Western-backed opposition has threatened to sit out a peace conference aimed at ending the country's crippling civil war, criticising the last-minute decision to invite Iran.

Kerry, Lavrov discuss Syria peace talks

2014-01-13 12:11

US diplomat John Kerry will meet Sergei Lavrov, after trying to entice Syrian rebels into the Geneva peace talks by vowing to exclude Bashar Assad's regime from any future transition government.

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