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Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Kiev - The authoritarian leader of Belarus visits Kiev on Sunday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting in order to calm Europe's volatile eastern edge.

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Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis."Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia.

Russia brands new sanctions roadblock to Ukraine peace

Kiev - Russia accused the West on Saturday of fuelling unrest in Ukraine by adopting anti-Kremlin sanctions that further erode the prospects of peace talks to end the separatist war.

US imposes new Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace talks

Kiev - The United States imposed sanctions Friday on Russian-controlled Crimea as Ukraine announced the loss of five soldiers ahead of peace talks meant to end a war against Russian-backed insurgents.

New U.S. sanctions law could undermine relations with Russia: Lavrov

Moscow - New U.S. legislation authorising sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could undermine relations between Moscow and Washington for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Friday.

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns

Brussels - The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.

EU leaders press Russia, urge new investment

Brussels - European Union leaders urged Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in his stance on Ukraine Thursday as they boosted sanctions against Crimea despite fears of economic blowback from Russia's spiralling financial crisis.

EU approves new Crimea sanctions

Brussels - The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.

Merkel says Russia sanctions remain 'unavoidable'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Thursday that Europe's goal remains a free and whole Ukraine and that Western sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable until that goal is reached.

Putin says economy will rebound as sanctions stiffen

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would soon recover from the worst financial crisis of his rule and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Currency crisis poses Putin his biggest challenge

Moscow - He crushed Chechnya's rebellion, pushed back Russia's frontiers and restored the pride of a nation humiliated by the demise of the Soviet Union.

EU summit to discuss crisis-hit Russia, economic plan

Brussels - EU leaders on Thursday will discuss tense relations with Russia and punishing sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine at a summit led for the first time by Poland's Kremlin-wary former premier Donald Tusk.

Rock with 30,000 diamonds found but their origin is still unknown

A mysterious Russian rock has been discovered containing 30,000 tiny diamonds. The rock itself may actually be worth a minimal amount, but its strange form adds to the mystery of how diamonds are actually created.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed Wednesday to hold long-delayed peace talks that were backed by Russia in the heat of its devastating currency crisis.

Russian Mistral sailors to leave France, says shipbuilder

Paris - About 400 Russian sailors are returning home, French shipbuilder DCNS said Wednesday, as Paris weighs whether to deliver the Mistral-class warship to Russia amid the Ukraine crisis.

Russian central bank announces measures to support financial system 

Moscow - The Russian central bank announced Wednesday a series of measures aimed at "stabilising the financial system" following the plunge in the value of the ruble this week.

Spy row as Kremlin agent in Estonia tells all on Russian TV

Moscow - In a rare disclosure by a spy agency, Russia's secret service has revealed it had an agent inside the secret police of NATO neighbour Estonia for 15 years.

Some quiet but little peace on Ukraine frontline

Donetsk - Rebel commander Tikhii holds a finger in the air as the sound of an explosion echoes in the distance."That's them shelling our position again, that's the ceasefire," he says. "It was a howitzer cannon.

Op-Ed: No ringtones for ruble in Russia

Moscow - The Russian economy is collapsing and more sanctions are ahead. Apple halted online sales in Russia and Moscow began selling off reserve foreign currency.

Russia spends billions to prop up ruble

Moscow - Russia stepped up its defence of the ruble on Wednesday as it sought to halt a run on the currency and stem the worst financial crisis of President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power.

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts agreed in a phonecall early Wednesday that they wanted talks between Kiev, Moscow and rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine to resume as soon as possible.

EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

Kiev - The European Union's foreign policy chief said Tuesday the 28-nation bloc would stay united on Ukraine despite pressure from some members to drop or ease its sanctions on Russia.

Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers still in Ukraine: Kiev

Kiev - Up to 10,000 Russian soldiers and their heavy weapons are still deployed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine despite a new ceasefire, a top Ukrainian military commander said Tuesday.

So long Alps, hello Sochi: Ruble dive keeps Russians home

Saint Petersburg - Like many Russians, Maria Pchelkina enjoys winter holidays abroad, but the ruble crash means this time she'll swap the cottage she'd been eying in Finland for a staycation in Saint-Petersburg.

Obama will sign Russia sanctions bill: White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama will sign into law a bill passed by Congress to tighten sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, the White House said Tuesday, amid a dramatic run on the ruble.

Putin can choose a path to end sanctions: Kerry

London - US and European sanctions against Russia could be lifted within days if President Vladimir Putin makes the right choices in Ukraine, top US diplomat John Kerry said Tuesday.

Russia grapples with shock ruble fall

Moscow - The Russian currency crashed to unprecedented lows Tuesday trading at 80 rubles to the dollar and 100 to the euro, testing Vladimir Putin's ability to ride out both the economic storm and his clash with the West.

Russians buying cheese like people bought weed in 1980s Brooklyn

Russia's economy is in free fall. Part of that is due to dramatically declining oil prices. And part of it is due to international sanctions against the country.

Ukraine ministers pledge corruption fight to win aid

Brussels - Top Ukraine ministers vowed Tuesday to root out graft in what they called the most corrupt country in Europe to meet the demands made by international partners before they stump up more aid.
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