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North Korea's Kim set for first summit with Putin

Vladivostok - Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet for their first-ever summit Thursday, with the visitor looking for Moscow's backing in his nuclear stand-off with the United States.

Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president.

Ukraine's Zelensky urges Russia sanctions after citizenship rule change 

Kiev - Ukraine president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday urged more international sanctions against Russia after Moscow made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports.

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president.

North Korea's Kim heads to Russia for summit with Putin

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departed for Russia Wednesday for a first summit with Vladimir Putin, as Pyongyang seeks closer ties with its traditional ally amid a nuclear deadlock with the United States.

EPP's Weber wants to 'stop' Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Warsaw - The lead candidate for Europe's conservative bloc in next month's EU elections has said he would try to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if he becomes European Commission president, according to an interview published Tuesday.

North Korea's Kim in Russia for first talks with Putin

Vladivostok - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was looking forward to his first talks with President Vladimir Putin as he arrived in Russia on Wednesday seeking support in Pyongyang's nuclear deadlock with the United States.

Kim woos Putin as N. Korean labourers toil in Russia

Seoul - While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is wined and dined with Vladimir Putin in Russia this week, around 10,000 of his citizens will be labouring around the country to earn money for his government.

N. Korea confirms Kim 'soon' to visit Russia: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "soon" visit Russia for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin, state media reported Tuesday, confirming a Kremlin announcement.

Moscow hesitant to welcome Ukraine's new leader

Moscow - Russia's reaction to comedian Volodymyr Zelensky's poll win in Ukraine has been mixed, with the Kremlin refusing to congratulate him but others seeing an opportunity to improve ties after Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

N. Korea's Kim heads to Russia to revive old friendship

Pyongyang - On the neighbouring mound to Mansu hill, where giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il look out over North Korea's capital, stands the Liberation Tower.

Mueller probe over, but little chance for US-Russia reconciliation

Washington - A long-awaited US probe on Russian election meddling has divided Washington but on one point virtually all US policymakers are clear -- there will be no reconciliation with Moscow.

Pompeo says US will take 'tough action' on Russian meddling

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Friday the United States would keep taking "tough action" on Russia after Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed widespread attempts by Moscow to help elect President Donald Trump.

Eastern Russian port Vladivostok prepares to host Kim

Vladivostok - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected in Russia's far-eastern port Vladivostok in the coming days, according to reports that have prompted excitement and concern among local residents.

With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in N. Korea

Moscow - With Russia's Vladimir Putin set for his first talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this month, Moscow is eyeing a major role in yet another global flashpoint.

Estonia president holds first meeting with Putin in years

Moscow - Estonia's president met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin here Thursday for talks on trade and global relations, during the first such Russian visit in eight years.

North Korea's Kim to meet Putin as tensions rise with US

Moscow - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang spiked higher.

US North Korea envoy in Moscow as Russia plans for Kim-Putin talks

Moscow - The US special envoy for North Korea was due in Moscow on Wednesday as the Kremlin said it was preparing for possible talks between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.

Amid worries over Russia, Sweden returns troops to Baltic island

Visby - Under an icy rain, camouflage-clad Swedish soldiers crouched behind a log pile, aimed their machine guns towards the Baltic Sea and, at their officers' barked orders, opened fire down the snow-covered range.

Russia's Deripaska says US sanctions could shutter auto maker GAZ

Nizhny Novgorod - Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska is adamant that unless the United States lifts sanctions against both him and his company GAZ, the carmaker could be forced to close by the summer.

Turkey hopeful US will extend waiver on Iran sanctions

Washington - Turkey voiced hope Tuesday that the United States will extend an exemption in sanctions to allow it to keep buying oil from Iran, despite tensions between the allies on multiple fronts.

Russia sentences Norwegian to 14 years over espionage

Moscow - A Moscow court on Tuesday convicted a retired Norwegian border guard on spying charges and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.Frode Berg, 63, was detained in Moscow in 2017 following a sting operation by Russia's FSB security service.

For Russian speakers in Ukraine, a candidate talking their language

Kryvyy Rih - In his startling run to become Ukraine's next president, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has enjoyed a key advantage over his rivals: strong support from the country's Russian-speaking regions.

Unconventional 'resistance' cells urged for Baltic defense: study

Washington - A Pentagon-commissioned report published Monday envisions equipping Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with "resistance" cells armed with unconventional weapons to deter Russia from invading.

Russia transgender woman wins case in rare win for LGBT rights

Sanktpeterburg - When Anastasia, a Russian transgender woman, took her employer to court for firing her after a gender reassignment operation, she did not expect to win.

Serbian late strongman Milosevic's widow dies: friend

Belgrade - The widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, often dubbed the "Lady Macbeth of the Balkans", has died in Russia at the age of 76, a friend told AFP on Sunday.

Election ads urge Finns 'think for yourself' amid fake news fears

Apo - Ahead of elections in Finland on Sunday, officials have launched a publicity campaign to warn against fake news and disinformation amid fears that outside bodies may try to influence how Finns vote.Authorities in the Nordic EU country of 5.

Estonia, Poland deny entry to Russian ship over Crimea cadets

Tallinn - EU states Estonia and Poland said Friday they had blocked a Russian training ship from entering their waters because some on board are cadets from Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

Russian court moves US investor Calvey to house arrest

Moscow - A Moscow court on Thursday ruled to move Michael Calvey, a prominent American investor who has been behind bars since mid-February on controversial fraud charges, from pre-trial jail to house arrest.

Russian MPs approve controversial bill restricting internet

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that would allow Moscow to cut the country's internet traffic from foreign servers, in a key second reading paving the way for legislation that activists fear is a step towards online isolation.
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