Russia to host Syria talks in April

2015-03-05 21:06

Moscow has said it would host talks between representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and opposition figures in April.

West vow 'strong' response if major Ukraine truce violated

2015-03-04 08:06

Western leaders have called for a "strong reaction" from the international community to any major violation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as they seek to further pressure Russia over the conflict.

Mourners view body of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

2015-03-03 12:45

Mourners are lining up outside a Moscow human rights centre for the funeral of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Ukraine FM casts doubt on Russia ceasefire

2015-03-03 09:59

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has cast doubt on hopes that a UN-backed truce with pro-Russian rebels will stick, as he called for an expansion of international monitoring.

Ukraine's frontlines calm ahead of gas talks

2015-03-02 12:22

Ukraine’s frontlines have been relatively calm ahead of high-level EU-mediated gas talks between Kiev and Moscow, as journalists mourn the killing by mortar fire of a Ukrainian photographer.

Russians march in memory of Nemtsov

2015-03-01 16:28

Holding placards declaring "I am not afraid", thousands of Russians have marched in Moscow in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

Putin vows to punish killers of Kremlin critic

2015-03-01 11:18

President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe.

Murder of Russian opposition politician 'shocking'

2015-02-28 12:18

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "shocked by the devious murder" of the prominent Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, her spokesperson says.

Russia to tap $50bn from emergency fund

2015-02-27 15:00

Russia plans to spend more than $50bn from its emergency Reserve Fund in 2015 as falling oil prices cause the government's deficit to rise.

Ukraine starts pulling back heavy weapons

2015-02-26 17:06

Ukraine says it will begin pulling back its heavy weapons in the east in line with the cease-fire.


Thirty-three miners killed in Ukraine

2015-03-04 23:03

Thirty-three miners have died in an explosion at a coal mine in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Snowden in talks on returning home - lawyer

2015-03-04 05:00

A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden has said the fugitive former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of mass surveillance programmes was working with lawyers to return home.

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer

2015-03-03 09:59

The woman who was with slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov says she did not see the gunman who killed him.

Death toll in eastern Ukraine passes 6 000

2015-03-02 15:41

The UN human rights office says more than 6 000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict almost a year ago.

Moscow slams ‘abominable’ new Charlie Hebdo cartoon

2015-03-02 06:17

The head of the Russian parliament's foreign affairs committee Alexei Pushkov has denounced a cartoon published in the latest issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on the truce in Ukraine as ‘abominable’.

Russia's Rosneft may get $5bn for projects

2015-03-01 11:45

Russian state oil firm Rosneft may get $5bn from the National Wealth Fund to finance five projects, both upstream and downstream, says energy minister.

Isolated skirmishes hamper Ukraine truce

2015-03-01 07:16

Ukraine has announced the completion of an initial phase of military pullback in east Ukraine as isolated clashes rattled a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels.

More soldiers die in Ukraine truce

2015-02-27 21:12

Ukraine says three soldiers have been killed in fighting against Soviet forces in the first fatalities in several days in the war-torn east.

Russia sanctions cost ExxonMobil $1bn

2015-02-27 10:15

US energy giant ExxonMobil says that US and European Union sanctions against Russia cost it $1bn last year.

US accuses Russia of land grabs

2015-02-26 11:15

A UN-backed ceasefire shows signs of finally taking hold in Ukraine, even as the United States accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of destabilising the country through land grabs.

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