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Dutch PM appeals to Putin not to veto MH17 vote at UN

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday made an "urgent" appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin not to veto a UN Security Council resolution to try those who shot down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Vladimir hails Vladimir: Putin fetes Russia's religious founder

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages.

Foreign monitors come under 'targeted' fire in Ukraine

Kiev - Western monitors of Ukraine's tattered truce on Tuesday reported coming under "targeted" fire that has forced them to rethink their future operations in the war-torn former Soviet state.

NATO eastward expansion would be 'catastrophic': Russian official

Moscow - NATO enlargement into Ukraine and Georgia would have "catastrophic consequences" for Europe, Russia's envoy to NATO warned Tuesday in a television interview, as relations between Moscow and the West sink to Cold War-era lows.

Sweden says sub wreck a Tsarist Russian vessel

Stockholm - Sweden said on Tuesday the wreck of a submarine found off its coast appeared to be a Tsarist-era Russian vessel that collided with a Swedish ship about a century ago.

Russia names US foundation first 'undesirable' foreign group

Moscow - Russian prosecutors Tuesday declared the US Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy the first "undesirable" foreign group under a controversial new law to ban overseas organisations deemed a threat.

France to decide on Russia warship deal 'in coming weeks'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that he would decide "in the coming weeks" whether or not to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships to Russia.

Swedish wreck divers claim 'Russian mini sub' discovery

Stockholm - Swedish wreck divers said Monday they had found the wreck of a Russian mini-submarine in Swedish territorial waters, nine months after a high-profile hunt in Sweden for a mystery submarine.The Swedish military reacted with caution to the claim.

Russia revises navy doctrine over NATO's 'inadmissible' expansion

Moscow - Russia aims to boost the strategic positions of its navy on the Black Sea and seek to maintain an Atlantic and Mediterranean presence, according its latest naval doctrine which has been revised over NATO's "inadmissible" expansion.

Russian physicist suspected of spying in Germany: Report

Berlin - A Russian physicist who worked for a top German research institute is suspected of spying for Moscow between 2009 and 2011, according to a report in German weekly Der Spiegel to be published Saturday.

Russia bars coalition headed by protest leader from poll

Moscow - Russia on Friday barred a coalition co-led by top opposition activist Alexei Navalny from participating in a major regional poll, the party said on its website.

Ukraine soldier killed in clashes following peace talks

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday reported a soldier had died in clashes with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, despite another international bid to find a solution to the 15-month conflict.

Russia jails nationalist leader for life over lawyer murder

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday sentenced a nationalist leader to life imprisonment for organising a string of hate killings including the shooting of a prominent rights lawyer in broad daylight.

France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia urge respect for Ukraine truce

Paris - The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held talks over the conflict in east Ukraine, with all sides calling for the full implementation of a ceasefire deal, the French presidency said.

IMF could release new funds to Ukraine at end of July

Washington - The International Monetary Fund signaled Thursday it could release $1.7 billion in bailout funds next week to Ukraine as the country reels from civil war and seeks private-sector debt relief.

Ukraine propaganda war draws in popular video game

Kiev - It was supposed to be the evidence that proved beyond doubt Moscow's assertion that Washington is supplying Ukraine with weapons in its fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Kiev plans Soviet 'occupation of Ukraine' museum

Kiev - Kiev risked drawing further Moscow fury on Thursday by approving the construction of an open-air museum devoted to seven decades of Soviet "occupation" of Ukraine.

'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi

Rome - Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying Thursday.

Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS

Baikonur - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station under six hours after they launched, NASA television showed.

Soyuz rocket with three astronauts launches towards ISS after delay

Baikonur - Three astronauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Thursday after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure.

Russia begins treason case against ex-military engineer

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday began hearing a treason case against a former military engineer who is accused of giving away state secrets to a Swedish company in a letter seeking employment.

Interpol takes deposed Ukraine leader off wanted list

Kiev - Ukraine vowed on Wednesday to fight to ensure the return and trial of its exiled Russian-backed president after his name was unexpectedly removed from Interpol's international most wanted list.

Gorbachev urges Moscow and Berlin to rebuild trust

Moscow - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev urged Moscow and Berlin on Tuesday to "re-establish trust" amid fierce tension caused by the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

Ban on Dutch flowers 'highly probable': Russian watchdog

Moscow - Dutch flowers represent a sanitary "threat" to Russia and could be banned in the country, its agricultural watchdog said Tuesday, as Moscow's relations with The Hague have reached their nadir.

Russia sets trial date for jailed Ukrainian pilot

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday announced that the trial of Ukranian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, whose politically charged case has become emblematic of bitter tensions between Kiev and Moscow, will begin later this month.

Russia puts Ukraine film director on trial for 'terror'

Rostov-on-don - A Ukrainian film director went on trial on terror charges in southern Russia on Tuesday after Moscow held him for more than a year in a case decried by Kiev, rights groups and prominent film directors across the globe.

Russia submits alternative UN resolution on MH17

New York - Russia on Monday introduced an alternative draft resolution at the UN Security Council in a bid to thwart the creation of a tribunal that would prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-held east Ukraine.

Hawking launches biggest-ever search for alien life

London - British cosmologist Stephen Hawking launched Monday the biggest-ever search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in a 10-year, $100-million (92-million-euro) project to scan the heavens.

U.S.-led drills in Ukraine may threaten peace process: Moscow

Russia - Moscow on Monday said US-led military exercises in western Ukraine that began this week may have "explosive" consequences and threaten to derail the peace process in the separatist east."These actions...

Eyeing Russia, US leads fresh military drills in Ukraine

Yavoriv - Ukrainian and US troops launched fresh drills Monday near the war-torn country's Polish border in a bid to show unity and resolve in the face of an increasingly defiant Kremlin.
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