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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.

Russia 'practically at war with Europe'

2014-08-30 19:43

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has warned Russia is practically at war with Europe and has called for tougher sanctions against Moscow.

Ukraine sees no progress in gas talks with Russia

2014-08-29 18:00

Ukraine's energy minister says Kiev is disappointed by a "lack of constructive approach" from Russia on gas talks.

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.

Activists: Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine

2014-08-29 08:48

More than 100 Russian soldiers have been killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, the Russian presidential human rights council says.

Kiev forces clash with 'reconnaissance' group

2014-08-28 21:04

Ukraine says its forces have clashed with a reconnaissance group that had entered its territory from the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula.

EU to aid dairy sector hit by Russian ban

2014-08-28 16:30

The European Union has announced more measures to help European farmers hit by a Russian import ban, expanding the aid to dairy products.

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'.

EU seeks to secure winter gas supply

2014-08-28 11:25

European Energy Commissioner says it is seeking to fill its gas storage facilities and de-escalate a row between Ukraine and Russia.

Moscow courts back closure of McDonald's

2014-08-28 10:00

Russian courts have backed the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow for breaches of sanitary rules.

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.

Russia denies plans to block gas

2014-08-27 19:30

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has dismissed Ukraine's claims that Moscow plans to block gas transit to Europe.

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 'has plans' to block gas flows to Europe

2014-08-27 12:22

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk says Kiev knows of plans by Russia to halt gas flows to Europe this winter.

Italy will struggle without Russian gas

2014-08-26 17:45

Italy will struggle to stay warm this winter if Russia's conflict with Ukraine disrupts gas supplies and Libya veers towards collapse.

US warns of Russia's 'significant escalation' in Ukraine

2014-08-26 10:31

The White House says Russia’s growing military presence in Ukraine marks a “significant escalation” of the conflict.

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

2014-08-26 07:17

Weapons convoys have been seen rolling in the eastern Ukraine from the direction of Russia.

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.

Russia rejects plans to ban McDonald's

2014-08-24 12:15

Russian authorities are not planning to close down the McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich says.

Merkel presses Russia on peace with Ukraine

2014-08-23 16:08

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted early this year, has pressed Moscow to engage on a peace plan with Kiev.

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.

No time for Ukraine rebels to bury dead

2014-08-21 21:24

Pro-Moscow rebels in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk are taking such heavy losses in fighting with advancing government troops they no longer have time to give their comrades a proper burial.

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of judge

2014-08-21 12:07

A Georgia aquarium has gone to court seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the US from Russia.

Watchdog shuts four McDonald's restaurants

2014-08-20 19:38

A consumer watchdog has ordered four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow to be temporarily closed after repeatedly violating sanitary rules.

 

Jacob Zuma’s mysterious mission to Russia

2014-08-31 20:19
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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.

Poland bars overflight by Russian minister

2014-08-29 19:14

Poland has refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to fly through its airspace.

Death toll in Ukraine fighting hits 2 593

2014-08-29 16:03

A total of 2 593 people, including civilians as well as Ukrainian and separatist combatants, have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine since it erupted in mid-April.

UN to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine

2014-08-29 08:48

The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on the Ukraine crisis following reports that Russia had sent hundreds of troops to shore up separatists in east Ukraine.

US military to send tanks to Europe for drills

2014-08-28 22:37

US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure Nato allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials have said.

Armoured column seen in south Russia near Ukraine

2014-08-28 18:09

A Reuters reporter saw a column of armoured vehicles and dust-covered troops, one of them with an injured face, driving through the Russian steppe just across the border with Ukraine.

Ukraine: Russia invades with 2 tank attacks

2014-08-28 16:26

Ukraine says two columns of Russian tanks with support military vehicles have fired on a border post and entered a key Ukraine town.

Ukrainian PM asks to freeze Russian assets

2014-08-28 12:00

Ukrainian Prime Minister has appealed to the United States, European Union and G7 countries to freeze Russian assets.

Moscow launch for Pathfinder, Sentra

2014-08-28 11:20

Nissan has a number of firsts for display and public assessment at the 2014 Russian auto show in Moscow - among them its new Pathfinder. What's else is new?

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.

Russia: Next aid convoy to Ukraine not the last

2014-08-27 19:07

Russia has said that its next aid convoy to southeastern Ukraine would be followed by others despite Kiev's fears that they may be used to supply pro-Kremlin insurgents.

Dutch farmers dump tonnes of produces

2014-08-27 16:00

Tonnes of tomatoes, pears and apples have been dumped by Dutch farmers as they signed up for compensation after prices plunged due to Russian sanctions.

Russia expects record grain exports

2014-08-26 19:57

Russia expects a record year with shipments abroad predicted to reach between 27.5 million and 30 million tonnes, the agriculture ministry says.

Ukraine claims capture of 10 Russian soldiers

2014-08-26 16:08

Ukraine is claiming that its forces have captured 10 Russian soldiers in an eastern region where the Ukrainian troops are fighting pro-Russia separatists.

Vettel first to sample Sochi GP circuit

2014-08-26 08:22

Sebastian Vettel is the first Formula 1 driver to lap the new Sochi Autodrom - albeit driving an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid - ahead of the 2014 inaugural Russian GP in October. VIDEO

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

2014-08-26 05:00

The Ukrainian president has dissolved parliament and announced early elections in October.

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers

2014-08-24 21:39

Pro-Russian insurgents have paraded captured Ukrainian soldiers through the streets of the rebel stronghold Donetsk as bystanders shouted abusive slurs and tossed things at them.

Zuma arrives in Russia

2014-08-24 12:00
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President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Russia and is undertaking a working visit, the department of International Relations and Co-operation 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.

Russian import bans a boon for food tycoons

2014-08-22 09:53

In the escalating dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine, a group of businessmen with Kremlin connections are emerging as likely beneficiaries.

Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles

2014-08-21 13:41

Heavy shelling has hit residential neighbourhoods in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces have fought street battles in other towns as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion.

Russia ramps up McDonald's scrutiny

2014-08-21 11:39

Russia's state food safety watchdog has begun unscheduled checks in several regions, a day after four branches in Moscow were shuttered by the same agency.

Russia reveals huge cost of Western food ban

2014-08-20 19:27

Agriculture Minister Nokolai Fyodorov has warned that Moscow must spend billions of dollars subsidising farmers to avoid a shortage caused by its ban on Western foods.

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