France suspends delivery of warship to Russia

2014-11-25 20:33

France has suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a Nato country to the Kremlin.

Putin says Russia is not isolated

2014-11-23 14:00

President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is not and will not be isolated on the international scene, says a report.

Putin stands by hawkish Russian central bank

2014-11-23 11:38

President Vladimir Putin has allowed the central bank to administer strong medicine, sharply raising interest rates even as it freed the rouble to float.

West wants Russian regime change, says Kremlin

2014-11-22 22:06

Russia has accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

Russia mulls oil output cut, no decision yet

2014-11-21 15:05

Moscow says it may cut oil production to shore up flagging prices, but its ability to change output is limited and no decision has been made yet.

Almost 1 000 killed in Ukraine since September

2014-11-20 22:25

Nearly 1 000 people have been killed in conflict-torn Ukraine since a tattered truce was signed in September while the number of people displaced has nearly doubled, the UN says.

Oil price war: Russia has little to offer

2014-11-20 16:27

Russian wells will freeze if they stop pumping oil, and the country has no capacity to store the output it would otherwise export as oil prices slump globally.

Putin backs deeper ties with North Korea

2014-11-19 18:47

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, after holding talks with an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Isolated at G20, Putin will do it his way

2014-11-18 09:30

It may have looked like Russian President Vladimir Putin has fled this weekend's G20 summit early with his tail between his legs, but it was a different story.

Putin's oil tsar flying to Vienna as Opec meets

2014-11-17 19:33

Rosneft says chief executive Igor Sechin will fly to Vienna for an energy summit, just two days before Opec meets in the city to debate the plunge in oil prices.

Barloworld posts profit on after-market sales

2014-11-17 11:21

Barloworld has been hit by slack demand from the mining sector and in Russia the ongoing Ukraine crisis has also put pressure on demand.

Putin extends olive branch to Ukraine

2014-11-16 09:46

Russia does not intend to demand early repayment of $3bn that it lent to Ukraine last year, says President Vladimir Putin.

Putin: Western sanctions could backfire

2014-11-15 18:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Western sanctions against his country could backfire.

Russian chill permeates G20 summit

2014-11-15 08:43

Russia's Cold War-style standoff with the West has sent a chill through talks aimed at heating up the world economy, as the G20 summit kicks off in Australia.

Putin berates US over sanctions before G-20

2014-11-14 13:18

President Vladimir Putin accused the US of undermining the very trade institutions it created by imposing sanctions on Russia, a 'mistake' he hoped would be overcome.

British PM gets laughs at Aussie's PM expense

2014-11-14 08:47

British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken a playful dig at his Australian counterpart over an obscure threat to assault the Russian president at a weekend summit in Brisbane.

Russia gas flows still frozen

2014-11-13 18:00

Ukraine has signalled it may hold off paying Russia's big gas invoice in the hope mild weather can help it last out longer as it grapples with near-bankruptcy.

Russian troops in Ukraine may cause of all-out war: Nato

2014-11-13 10:37

Nato has accused Russia of sending tanks, troops and military hardware to east Ukraine, raising fears of renewed all-out fighting and calling into question the Minsk peace deal.

Russia sees chance of deal at nuclear talks with Iran

2014-11-12 13:08

A deal is vital at talks between world powers and Tehran on Iran’s nuclear programme and Russia is not considering the possibility of the negotiations failing, a senior Russian envoy says.

Observers fear rising violence in Ukraine

2014-11-11 21:11

International observers have issued a stark warning over escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, as Dutch investigators left the MH17 crash site empty-handed.

SA to resume seafood exports to Russia

2014-11-11 19:30

South Africa will resume seafood exports to Russia for the first time in almost two decades, a leading fishing company says.

Russia to build 2 more nuclear reactors for Iran

2014-11-11 16:52

Russia has signed a deal with Iran to build two new nuclear reactors and agreed to expand the total number of Russian reactors in the country to eight, the state nuclear agency Rosatom says.

Putin's gesture sends social media buzzing

2014-11-11 13:37

A chivalrous gesture by Russian President Vladimir Putin HAS set social media buzzing and put Chinese censors into action at the Apec summit in Beijing.

'Most powerful' Putin takes on West at Apec

2014-11-11 11:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading into showdown talks with Australia's leader as part of what is expected to be his toughest foreign trip since the start of the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

Fears grow of all-out war in Ukraine

2014-11-10 21:01

New unidentified columns have rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting.


Rosneft cuts output citing market conditions

2014-11-25 20:19

Russia's oil giant Rosneft says it has cut its daily output by 25 000 barrels because of "market conditions" that have seen the price of crude shrink.

Russia has no plan to cut oil output

2014-11-23 13:20

Russia, the world's biggest energy exporter, does not plan to cut oil production to shore up prices, says Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

Tourist fined €20 000 for defacing Colosseum

2014-11-22 22:06

A Russian tourist caught red-handed trying to carve his initials on a wall of Rome's Colosseum has been ordered to pay a fine of €20 000, a report says.

Guptas intend listing uranium mine on JSE

2014-11-22 11:35

The controversial Gupta family intends listing a uranium mine on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to raise R800m, a Johannesburg newspaper reports.

Populism may weaken Russia - ex-minister

2014-11-21 12:00

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has warned President Vladimir Putin that "extreme conservatism" could restrict economic and political freedoms in Russia.

Russian firms face huge insurance costs

2014-11-20 17:55

Russian companies face billions of dollars in extra insurance costs as Western sanctions prompt foreign insurance firms to start pulling out.

Moscow McDonald's reopens after 90-day closure

2014-11-20 09:33

The first McDonald's restaurant in Moscow has reopened after closing for nearly three months over health and safety violations.

McDonald's store re-opens in Moscow

2014-11-19 17:47

McDonald's has re-opened its flagship restaurant in central Moscow, after authorities lifted a three-month closure over alleged sanitary violations.

Grim prognosis for stricken Ukraine hospital

2014-11-17 19:50

Facing frequent shelling and desperate conditions, staff and patients at Donetsk's Hospital 21 in eastern Ukraine say they have no choice but to hunker down, stay put and cling to life as best they can.

Russian airlines face deeper losses

2014-11-17 17:45

Russian airlines are facing a drop in passenger numbers because of the Ukraine crisis, prompting some analysts to expect fleet reductions.

Russia, Poland expel diplomats

2014-11-17 10:59

Russia says several of its diplomats have been expelled from Poland and in return it took "adequate" measures and told some Polish diplomats to leave Moscow.

Russian TV claims it has photo of downing of MH17

2014-11-15 20:18

Russian state television has released a satellite photograph that it claims shows that a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Putin gets cold shoulder, plans to leave G20 early

2014-11-15 14:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders blasted him for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions.

Russia to G-20: We're here. So are our warships

2014-11-14 14:45

Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country’s north-eastern coast.

Reptiles, whips banned as Brisbane preps for G-20

2014-11-14 11:40

This weekend, the subtropical Australian city of Brisbane will welcome leaders from the world's 20 largest economies along with thousands of delegates and journalists for a global summit.

Cameron: Russia sanctions could increase over Ukraine

2014-11-14 07:36

Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine are unacceptable and could draw greater sanctions from the US and EU, British Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Get that Obama or Putin look for $44

2014-11-13 14:10

Chinese traders are offering the chance to get that "world leader look" by selling copies of the garb worn by Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at this week's APEC summit in Beijing.

Ukraine redeploys troops, fears new offensive

2014-11-13 05:10

Ukraine has said it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia's denials it has sent troops.

Russia sees chance of nuclear deal with Iran

2014-11-12 10:49

A deal is vital at talks between world powers and Tehran on Iran's nuclear programme and Russia is not considering the possibility of the negotiations failing.

$88bn spent on fossil fuel exploration

2014-11-11 21:09

Leading world economies are spending $88bn a year in fossil fuel exploration subsidies, sapping investment from low-carbon alternatives and increasing the risk of dangerous climate change.

Obama, Putin meet amid tensions

2014-11-11 16:52

US President Barack Obama has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin three times on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, with conversations covering Iran, Syria and Ukraine.

Russia, Iran sign nuclear construction deal

2014-11-11 16:00

Russia will build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed in Moscow between subsidiaries of the two countries' state atomic agencies.

Putin, Abbott want genuine probe of MH17 crash

2014-11-11 12:31

President Vladimir Putin has discussed the MH17 plane crash with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the sidelines of an APEC summit, with both leaders favouring a “genuine” probe of the tragedy.

Obama, Putin circle each other warily in China

2014-11-11 10:11

On the surface, President Obama and President Putin are all niceties, a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders are circling each other warily.

Russian central bank cuts growth forecasts

2014-11-10 16:12

Russia faces the prospect of three years of economic stagnation underscoring the heavy costs of President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine policies, the central bank predicts.

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