Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

2014-09-18 12:35

In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama will host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office after the leader speaks to a joint session of Congress.

Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges

2014-09-16 20:15

Russian authorities told people not to panic as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West, new sanctions and falling oil prices.

China, Russia to build seaport: report

2014-09-11 13:40

China and Russia will build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia's Sea of Japan coast, in a further sign of the powerhouses' growing alliance.

EU business lukewarm on Russia sanctions

2014-09-08 14:35

WIth the EU on the verge of imposing further economic sanctions against Russia, European employers have reacted unenthusiastically to the prospect.

Ukraine's leader talks about closer Nato ties

2014-09-04 17:53

Ukraine's leader has had talks with Obama and others about closer Nato ties as fighting rages in the southeast.

Too awful to contemplate

2014-09-04 07:13

Is war between Russia and the West inevitable, asks Leopold Scholtz.

Obama says Russia a threat to Europe

2014-09-03 19:43

Lashing out at Russia, Obama has assured allies that Nato will defend their independence.

More than 1 million Ukrainians displaced

2014-09-02 21:45

More than one million people have been uprooted by the conflict in Ukraine, including 260 000 within the country where further mass displacement is feared.

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.

Putin seeks 'statehood' talks on east Ukraine

2014-09-01 13:52

Moscow and Kiev representatives are set to meet in Minsk after Russian raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

Jacob Zuma’s mysterious mission to Russia

2014-08-31 20:19

Although the Presidency issued a press release about Jacob Zuma’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a veil of secrecy was drawn over the details of the rest of his visit.

Russia selling arms to China: So what?

2014-08-31 09:14

Apparently the two parties are close to signing a deal that will bring much needed capital to Moscow and needed deterrent military assets to Beijing, writes Dr Siphamandla Zondi.

Hollande: Russian troops in Ukraine unacceptable

2014-08-28 16:09

President Francois Hollande has described the possible presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine as 'intolerable and unacceptable' and called on Moscow to 'respect the sovereignty of Ukraine'.

Ukraine, Russia talks falter after new incursion

2014-08-28 07:24

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border as hopes quickly faded that talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point.

Ukraine says Russia makes new incursion

2014-08-27 17:52

Ukraine has accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed to work towards ending a separatist war.

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.

German vice chancellor urges 'federal' Ukraine

2014-08-23 12:00

Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, says establishing a federal Ukraine will be the only viable solution to the crisis pitting Kiev against pro-Russian separatists.

Ukraine says battles raging in Lugansk

2014-08-19 19:20

Ukraine says fighting has erupted in the heart of major rebel stronghold Lugansk, as the bodies of 17 civilians fleeing the city were recovered from wreckage of their destroyed convoy.

Putin tones down Ukraine rhetoric

2014-08-15 08:48

Vladimir Putin travelled has struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in the Ukraine.

Beware sanctions fall-out

2014-08-14 07:02

SA will also be hit if Europe and Russia's economic war hots up, says Leopold Scholtz.

Russia sends 280 aid trucks to Ukraine

2014-08-12 11:46

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine has set off, amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.

Australian PM dubs Russia 'a bully'

2014-08-08 12:45

Australia's prime minister has dubbed Russia 'a bully' and threatened stronger sanctions against the country following Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

Putin orders import limits over sanctions

2014-08-06 20:09

President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia.

MH17 site search resumes

2014-08-02 14:29

International experts have pushed with their probe at the crash site of flight MH17 in Ukraine after President Obama called on Russia to heed international pressure to defuse the civil war tearing apart its neighbour.


Russia's FM hails Mugabe as Africa's legend

2014-09-17 15:23

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an “African legend and historic figure”.

Putin may delay Japan visit over sanctions

2014-09-11 16:15

President Vladimir Putin may delay his visit to Japan, because of sanctions Tokyo has imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

Putin, Poroshenko to continue dialogue

2014-09-08 21:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed in a phone conversation to continue dialogue aimed at ending the conflict in east Ukraine.

Dalai Lama: Putin is self-centred

2014-09-07 19:22

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has criticised Russia's President Vladimir Putin as "self-centred" in a German newspaper interview.

Russia warns Ukraine against joining Nato

2014-09-04 13:47

Ukraine's renewed drive to join risks derailing progress made towards reaching a ceasefire deal to end the conflict in the east of the country, Russia’s foreign minister says.

Ukraine PM rejects ceasefire as bid to deceive West

2014-09-03 20:07

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has rejected a ceasefire plan unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an attempt to deceive the West about Moscow's real intentions.

ISIS militants vow to 'de-throne' Putin

2014-09-03 19:43

ISIS militants have issued a threat to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and liberate the volatile North Caucasus.

Ukraine, Russia peace deal grows closer

2014-09-03 16:59

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine could be reached this week, a clear attempt to show the West he was trying to deescalate the conflict.

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.

No raise in spending from Russia's sovereign fund

2014-09-01 14:15

Russia cannot spend more of the $83bn parked in its National Wealth Fund, says President Vladimir Putin.

EU gives Russia new sanctions ultimatum

2014-08-31 11:27

European Union leaders have given Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of "full-scale war" with Moscow.

Zuma and Putin discuss strengthening relations

2014-08-29 09:23

President Jacob Zuma has met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss ways in which their countries could strengthen relations, the presidency says.

Ukraine: Rebels seize ground from govt forces

2014-08-28 09:02

Rebels in east Ukraine appear to have seized swathes of territory from retreating government forces, while Western intelligence says Russian army units are operating inside the country.

Steinmeier: Probably no breakthrough in Ukraine talks

2014-08-27 20:40

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said there was probably no breakthrough in talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.

Putin and Zuma growing closer... What for?

2014-08-25 18:53

There must be more to the diplomatic traffic between Pretoria and Moscow than just converging commercial interests, says Dr Siphamandla Zondi.

Zuma arrives in Russia

2014-08-24 12:00

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Russia and is undertaking a working visit, the department of International Relations and Co-operation says.

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion

2014-08-22 15:41

Ukraine says Russia has launched a 'direct invasion' of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine.

Stop sending arms to Ukraine, Merkel urges Putin

2014-08-16 11:35

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine".

Russian aid convoy resumes travel toward Ukraine

2014-08-14 17:44

A large Russian aid convoy has resumed its journey toward Ukraine, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region.

Egypt's Sisi visits Putin for arms talks

2014-08-12 21:26

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.

ExxonMobil starts drilling in Russia's Arctic

2014-08-10 13:30

US oil giant ExxonMobil has begun drilling in Russia's Arctic despite Western sanctions imposed on its Russian partner Rosneft.

Russian economy strained by sanctions: Obama

2014-08-07 10:04

US president Obama says that US sanctions levied against Russia over its actions in Ukraine are working but that the US will face a different set of questions about how to respond if Moscow invaded Ukraine.

Putin orders Russia govt response to sanctions

2014-08-05 19:57

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered the government to develop measures in response to Western sanctions.

Ex-spy Litvinenko death inquiry to open in UK

2014-07-31 14:00

The UK will formally open an inquiry into the radioactive poisoning of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko in a case that threatens to increase tensions with Moscow.

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