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Putin 'ready' for Trump summit, Lavrov says

Moscow - Russian president Vladimir Putin is "ready for a meeting" with his US counterpart Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

Russia extends house arrest for theatre director Serebrennikov

Moscow - Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov will not be able to attend the Cannes Film Festival next month, where one of his films is competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize, after a Moscow court on Wednesday extended his house arrest...

US airlines can still fly over Russia, Moscow says

Moscow - US airlines are still able to fly in Russian air space, the transport ministry assured on Wednesday despite a transit agreement between Washington and Moscow expiring shortly.

Russia says to probe Facebook after Telegram crackdown

Moscow - Russia's telecoms watchdog plans to probe Facebook before the end of the year after blocking access in the country to the popular messaging app Telegram, its head said on Wednesday.

Kremlin's earnings list gives glimpse of officials' wealth

Moscow - The Kremlin's annual list of Russian officials' earnings has provided an outline of the richest names in government, even as the true wealth of many big-hitters remains opaque.

Skripal relative denies contact with security services

Moscow - Viktoria Skripal, a relative of poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, denied having links to security services in an interview to Russian media on Tuesday.

New Western Syria strikes would spark 'chaos': Putin tells Rouhani

Moscow - New Western air strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos" in international relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.

Moscow accuses OPCW of manipulating Skripal probe

Moscow - Moscow on Saturday accused the chemical weapons watchdog of manipulating the results of its probe into the poisoning of a former Russian spy, saying his samples had traces of a nerve agent used by the West.

Russia blocks Telegram app over security concerns

Moscow - Russia has announced plans to block the use of the social media app Telegram over security concerns. This stems from the developers refusing to supply the encryption keys used to scramble messages.

Russia accuses Boris Johnson of 'distorting' OPCW findings on Skripals

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Minister on Friday accused his British counterpart of distorting the findings of the world chemical watchdog's investigation into a spy poisoning the UK blames on Moscow.

Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service: Russia

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said Moscow had "irrefutable" evidence that an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged with the help of a foreign secret service.

Four things to know about Telegram messenger

Moscow - The popular messaging app Telegram has been blocked in Russia after refusing to give state security services access to private conversations.

Russian court rules to block Telegram messaging app

Moscow - A Moscow court on Friday ruled to block the popular messaging app Telegram in Russia, after it refused to give state security services access to private conversations, an AFP reporter at the court said.

Russia's Navalny calls for protest ahead of Putin inauguration

Moscow - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday called for demonstrations across the country on May 5, two days ahead of the inauguration of re-elected President Vladimir Putin.

Russia's military presence in Syria

Moscow - As the threat of Western military action against the Syrian regime looms, Russia has already deployed thousands of troops in the war-torn country to back President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia, Egypt resume direct flights two years after attack

Moscow - Russia and Egypt are to resume direct flights on Wednesday following a more than two-year hiatus after a bomb downed a Russian charter over the Sinai peninsula in 2015.

Op-Ed: Yulia Skripal release from hospital leaves everything under wraps

After more than a month in the hospital after being found unconscious and poisoned with her father Sergei on a park bench in Salisbury U.K. on March 4, Yulia Skripal has been released from the hospital.

Direct clash between US, Russia in Syria unlikely: analysts

Moscow - With Donald Trump weighing strikes on Syria but Moscow warning of "grave repercussions" to any military action, an escalation seems increasingly likely even as analysts play down a direct clash between Russia and the US.

Russia's Gazprom says could maintain transit via Ukraine

Moscow - Russia's Gazprom said Tuesday it was possible that it could retain some transit via Ukraine after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this was essential for a planned Russian-German pipeline to go ahead.

Moscow to propose UN resolution to probe alleged Syria chemical attack

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow will propose a UN resolution to investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, after Russia rejected a similar move from the United States.
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