Putin speeds up Crimea's switch to rouble

2014-04-17 12:26

Russian president Vladimir Putin says the country would speed up the process of switching Crimea's banking system to the rouble.

Ukraine on the verge of civil war, Putin warns

2014-04-16 13:26

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin says after the Kieve government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

2014-04-15 08:02

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken for the first time in more than two weeks but showed little sign of agreement over the situation in east Ukraine.

US threatens tougher sanctions on Russia

2014-04-11 08:29

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic power reluctant.

Russia confirms death of its most wanted man

2014-04-08 17:06

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said it had killed Moscow's most wanted man, Islamist insurgency leader Doku Umarov, in a combat operation.

Nato sees no Russian troop pullout from Ukraine

2014-04-01 15:08

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he could not confirm the withdrawal of Russian troops from near the Ukrainian border as announced by the Kremlin.

Putin:Crimea takeover shows Russian military prowess

2014-03-29 05:30

President Vladimir Putin says Russia's takeover of Crimea showed off its military prowess, as his defence minister reported that the Russian flag was now flying over all military sites on the Black Sea peninsula.

No vodka for Obama - Russians impose sanctions

2014-03-27 16:50

Russians have begun an internet campaign of tongue-in-cheek "sanctions" against US President Barack Obama in retaliation to measures Washington imposed on Moscow over the Crimea crisis.

Nuke blast a bigger concern than Russia - Obama

2014-03-26 08:44

President Barack Obama says he's more concerned about the prospect of a nuclear weapon exploding in New York City than Russia's recent actions.

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.

Leaders gather for nuclear summit

2014-03-24 07:42

Nuclear terrorism is officially the main topic for world leaders at a two-day summit in the Netherlands starting, in practice, the Ukraine crisis will likely overshadow those talks.

Putin has 'lost Ukraine for good'

2014-03-22 07:38

Russian President Vladimir Putin has "lost Ukraine for good" with his move to annex Crimea, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko says.

Putin to protect bank from US sanctions

2014-03-21 13:54

President Vladimir Putin vows to protect Bank Rossiya, a Russian bank subjected to US sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Obama: Military not getting involved in Ukraine

2014-03-20 10:22

President Barack Obama is ruling out the use of US military in the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine.

Moldova tells Russia: Don't eye annexation here

2014-03-18 18:21

The president of ex-Soviet Moldova has warned Russia against considering any move to annex Transdniestria in the same way that it has taken control of Crimea in Ukraine.

Putin bold amid US opposition on Crimea

2014-03-18 08:23

In a bold challenge to Washington Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as an "independent and sovereign country".

Putin recognises independent Crimea

2014-03-17 21:51

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state after the Ukrainian region declared itself independent.

Russia media hails Crimea referendum results

2014-03-17 10:03

Russian media has hailed the results of a referendum in Crimea to split from Ukraine and join Russia, lauding the Black Sea peninsula’s move to return to Kremlin rule.

Kremlin website hit by "powerful" cyber attack

2014-03-14 19:09

Victories are hard to come by for Vladimir Putin's opponents, activists are jailed, protests draw dwindling crowds, but on Friday they celebrated a minor triumph by briefly knocking out the Kremlin website.

Obama gives Ukraine full backing

2014-03-13 08:15

The East-West split re-opened by the crisis in Ukraine has hardened after President Barack Obama threw Washington's weight firmly behind Kiev in its stand-off with Moscow.

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.

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.

Warship destined for Russia sets sail

2014-03-06 17:20

A French-built warship designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops and tanks has embarked on a test run, just as Western powers try to rein in President Putin's mi.

RT presenter quits on air over Ukraine

2014-03-06 07:18

An American anchor for Russia Today television network resigned live on air Wednesday in protest at the deployment of Russia-backed forces in Ukraine.

Russia rebuffs West on Crimea

2014-03-05 22:44

Russia has rebuffed Western demands to withdraw forces in Ukraine's Crimea region to their bases amid a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris.


Russia, Ukraine sit down for crisis talks

2014-04-17 10:46

Russia and Ukraine will sit down for talks in Geneva, seeking to ease the crisis in the former Soviet republic after the US warned Moscow it must make concessions or face fresh sanctions.

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.

Putin: Russia to honour EU gas deals

2014-04-11 17:11

President Vladimir Putin says Russia would fulfill its obligations to European gas clients and had no plans to halt deliveries to Ukraine.

Putin warns Ukraine against irreversible steps

2014-04-09 18:53

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hoped Kiev would not take any irreversible steps amid the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's diplomatic efforts would be successful.

Pro-Russians declare Ukraine's Donetsk independent

2014-04-08 08:14

Ukraine is threatened with disintegration as pro-Kremlin militants seize government buildings in the eastern city of Donetsk, declare independence and vow to vote on joining Russia.

Putin, Obama chat about Crimea

2014-03-29 09:33

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called US President Obama to discuss a US proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine faces painful economic recovery

2014-03-28 16:02

Russia is likely to employ every weapon in its economic arsenal to ensure Ukraine's road to financial recovery is as painful as possible, says a report.

Egypt mulls free trade zone with Russia

2014-03-26 15:53

Egypt has resumed talks about the creation of a free trade zone with the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Egyptian and Russian officials say.

G7 snubs Russia summit over Ukraine crisis

2014-03-24 22:45

The G7 group of top economic powers has scrapped a planned meeting to be hosted by Russia as they sought to deepen Moscow's isolation over the Ukraine crisis.

Putin ally: US sanctions have backfired

2014-03-24 07:48

An ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who heads a bank that was hit by US sanctions has suggested the move has backfired by helping him win new clients.

Ukraine FM: Chances of war with Russia growing

2014-03-23 18:00

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya has said in an interview broadcast on US television that the chances of war between his country and Russia are growing.

UN chief: Respect Ukraine's sovereignty

2014-03-21 16:06

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Ukrainian crisis could only be resolved through a diplomatic solution that respected the territorial integrity of the splintered ex-Soviet state.

Ban tells Putin of concern over Ukraine

2014-03-20 17:14

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has told President Vladimir Putin that he was "deeply concerned" by the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Biden meets Baltic leaders, pledges support

2014-03-19 21:09

US Vice President Joe Biden has met with leaders of Lithuania and Latvia, part of a quick trip to reassure Baltic allies worried about what an emboldened, aggressive Russia might mean for their nations. a

Putin signs Crimea takeover treaty

2014-03-18 16:05

President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia, in a historic redrawing of Russia's borders after he declared that the Black Sea region has always been in the hearts of his countrymen.

Obama imposes sanctions on 11 Russians

2014-03-18 07:02

US President Barack Obama has slapped sanctions on two top aides to President Vladimir Putin and nine other people linked to Russia's military incursion into Crimea.

East and south Ukraine ask if they are next

2014-03-17 21:51

As Russian forces took control of Crimea in the last few weeks, Russian media started referring to a broad belt of land in southern Ukraine as Novorossiya.

Russia could turn US to radioactive ash - state TV

2014-03-17 07:01

An anchor on Russian television has described Russia as the only country capable of turning the US into "radioactive ash", in a comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea.

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.

Khodorkovsky backs Ukraine's new leaders

2014-03-10 18:12

The man who was once Russia's most famous prisoner says the country is ruining its longstanding friendship with Ukraine by its aggressive and pro-separatist actions in Crimea.

Ukraine crisis: Putin rebuffs Obama

2014-03-07 14:15

President Vladimir Putin has rebuffed a warning from US President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying Russia couldn’t ignore calls for help from Russians in Ukraine.

West won't allow Ukraine carve up - Obama

2014-03-07 07:28

President Barack Obama has ordered the West's first sanctions in response to Russia's military takeover of Crimea, declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine.

Clinton blasts Putin again

2014-03-06 10:11

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tough but thin-skinned leader who is squandering his country’s potential, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says.

Putin's chess game

2014-03-06 07:10

The Crimea is a vital pawn in Russia's superpower ambitions, says Leopold Scholtz.

Russia sells $11.3bn to support ruble

2014-03-05 18:15

Russia has revealed it sold a record $11.3bn in foreign currency to support the ruble during a "Black Monday" of panic selling over the crisis in Ukraine.

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