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.

Kerry aims to ease Saudi concerns over Syria

2013-11-04 08:43

John Kerry has been seeking to repair ties with Saudi Arabia over the Syrian conflict and Iran, after making his first visit to Egypt since the ousting of President Morsi.

Syria inspectors face grave danger: UN

2013-10-08 10:07

The UN has warned that inspectors face a year-long mission of unprecedented danger in trying to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, as rebels launched a major offensive.

UN deal reached on Syria weapons

2013-09-27 08:38

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have reached agreement on a resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.

UN wrangles on Syria, Obama urges action

2013-09-25 11:00

US President Barack Obama has demanded the UN Security Council take tough action against Syria, as Russia wrangled with the West over how to strip Bashar Assad of chemical arms.

UN powers hold new Syria chemical talks

2013-09-19 12:04

The five UN Security Council powers have held new talks on a resolution backing a Russia-US plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, diplomats say.

Syria plan to be monitored, strike threat holds: Kerry

2013-09-18 09:01

Secretary of State John Kerry has told the US Congress that plans for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons will be closely monitored while maintaining a credible military threat.

UN impartial amid Syria 'sarin' findings

2013-09-17 09:02

Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, UN inspectors have reported that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired.

Washington, Moscow pin hopes on Geneva

2013-09-13 16:21

Washington and Moscow hope talks on dismantling Syria's chemical arsenal will open the door to wider peace efforts.

'Prove it' US tells Assad on chemical arms vow

2013-09-13 09:02

President Bashar Assad has confirmed for the first time that Syria plans to give up its chemical weapons as the US urged him and his Russian allies to quickly make good on his promise.

Syria strike would up-end world order: Putin

2013-09-12 09:59

Russia has issued a stark warning that unilateral US military action could destroy world order, as the rival great powers discussed a plan to remove Syria's chemical weapons.

World powers to meet on Syria in New York

2013-09-11 22:21

Envoys from the five permanent UN Security Council member states will meet to discuss plans to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, diplomats have said.


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.

Russia warns if Syria talks fail

2013-10-30 21:43

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has blasted critics of a US-Russia initiative for a peace conference on Syria, warning that toppling the Assad regime militarily posed a "huge threat" to the area.

US credits Assad over arms destruction

2013-10-07 09:04

Syrian President Bashar Assad could take "credit" for swiftly moving to eliminate the government's chemical arms, US diplomat John Kerry says, after experts began dismantling weapons.

UN chemical arms experts back in Syria

2013-09-25 13:05

UN inspectors have returned to Syria to pursue a probe into alleged poison gas attacks, as Russia and the West wrangled over how to eliminate President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons.

Renewed push at UN for Syria resolution

2013-09-25 07:01

US President Barack Obama has appealed to the UN to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to end support for Bashar Assad.

Assad says 1yr, $1bn to destroy chemical arms

2013-09-19 10:03

Bashar Assad has promised that he would surrender Syria's chemical weapons but warned it would take at least a year to do so and cost $1bn.

Syria chemical attack a 'provocation': Russia

2013-09-18 08:01

Russia has insisted that a chemical attack in Syria was a ‘provocation’ by opponents fighting Syria President Bashar Assad’s government, highlighting tensions between the West and Moscow.

US accepts UN will not back force against Syria

2013-09-14 08:34

The United States concedes that Russia will not allow the UN Security Council to authorise military strikes against the Syrian regime, senior White House officials say.

Kerry talks tough in Syria encounter with Russia

2013-09-13 10:05

Striking a tough tone, US Secretary of State John Kerry has opened with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process".

Russia offers 4-step plan for Syria arms handover

2013-09-12 14:03

Russia has handed the United States a plan for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons in four stages, starting with Damascus becoming a member of the OPCW, a report says.

White House: Russian prestige on the line in Syria

2013-09-12 07:02

The White House has tried to pin the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria's chemical weapons on Russia rather than the United States.

Obama grabs a Russian lifeline on Syria

2013-09-10 09:01

After a passage of wild Syria diplomacy, President Barack Obama is sizing up a political lifeline offered by the most unusual of suspects - his chilly rival Russia.

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