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Putin tells Tsipras he supports Greek people to 'overcome difficulties'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras he supported Greeks in overcoming the "difficulties" they faced after their resounding 'No' to creditors' bailout terms, the Kremlin said.

IS in Afghanistan on Xi, Putin's summit agenda: China

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders will discuss the threat the Islamic State group poses in Afghanistan at a Eurasian security summit in Russia this week, a Chinese official said Monday.

Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

Moscow - An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory."The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the...

Putin tells Obama U.S.-Russia dialogue 'key to global stability'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said relations between Moscow and Washington were key to ensuring global stability and called for dialogue based on "equality and respect.

Russian gay couple gets asylum in Finland: Report

Helsinki - A Russian gay couple has been granted asylum in Finland because of the discrimination they faced at home over their sexual orientation, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported on Friday.

Ukraine rebels withdraw from key frontline village

- Pro-Russian fighters have withdrawn from a strategic frontline village, Ukraine's military reported on Friday, although some troops doubted whether the surprise retreat and lull in fighting would last.

Russia says Kiev's refusal to negotiate with rebels 'alarming'

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday said Ukraine's perceived failure to agree with rebels on implementing a peace deal was "alarming" and urged the West to pressure Kiev.

UN 'best option' for trying MH17 suspects: Dutch PM

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Friday for the creation of an international tribunal to try those responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last year.

Russia slashes state funding for 'foreign agent' NGOs

Moscow - Some of Russia's leading NGOs said Thursday that their work would be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.

Ukraine rebels announce disputed elections in October

Kiev - A top pro-Russian rebel announced plans Thursday to hold local elections in October that would cement the separatists' semi-autonomous status within a united Ukraine.

Russia fumes at expulsion of TV reporter from Ukraine

Kiev - A new public relations war raged Thursday between Moscow and Kiev after Ukraine deported a reporter with Russia's Channel One television for allegedly running "destructive" stories about the crisis-torn ex-Soviet state.

Russia blasts Finland for barring parliament speaker

Moscow - Moscow on Wednesday slammed Finland for refusing entry to the speaker of Russia's parliament in the latest high-profile spat between the Kremlin and the European Union over the blacklisting of officials due to the Ukraine crisis.

NATO keeps mum on 'Baltic brigade' request: Lithuania

Vilnius - NATO has vowed to hold "continuous" military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday.

NATO navies should beef up against Russia: Commanders

London - NATO should beef up its maritime arm in response to the rising threat from an increasingly "bold" and "aggressive" Russia, commanders said on Wednesday.

Ukraine leader lays out vision of new war-time constitution

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday proposed constitutional changes giving sweeping powers to the regions but critically failing to address demands of pro-Russian militants in the separatist east.

Russia 'reviewing' legality of Baltic states independence

Moscow - Russia's Prosecutor General is reviewing the legality of the independence of the three Baltic countries from the Soviet Union, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Russia slams 'divisive' UN draft resolution on Srebrenica

New York - Russia slammed a draft UN resolution on the Srebrenica genocide as divisive Tuesday, and said it would present its own measure while the United Nations marks 20 years since the massacre.

Two MH17 victims' remains 'unlikely' to be found: Dutch minister

Den Haag - Chances of finding human remains of the last two victims of last year's MH17 air crash in Ukraine were "unlikely", Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said Tuesday.

Dutch prosecutors probe 'persons of interest' in MH17 crash

Rotterdam - Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday they have identified many "persons of interest" in their probe into the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine, but no definite suspects.

Russia targets Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky in murder probe

Moscow - Russian investigators announced on Tuesday that Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky might have ordered the murder of a Siberian mayor, saying they would seek to question the self-exiled former tycoon.

Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space

Moscow - Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is the current commander of the International Space Station, has set a new record for most time spent in space, with a total of 803 days, Russian space agency said Tuesday."The record is official.

Putin, elites bid farewell to ex-PM and master spy Primakov

Moscow - Russia on Monday bade farewell to former prime minister, foreign minister and master spy Yevgeny Primakov, with a state funeral for one of the last Soviet-era political titans who died last week aged 85.

Lavrov going to Vienna amid tough Iran talks

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he planned to meet his US counterpart John Kerry on Tuesday in Vienna where global powers are engaged in make-or-break nuclear talks with Iran.

Hounded and out of work, gay Ukrainians flee rebel east

Kiev - Oleksandr had already lost his job for being gay in the rebel Ukrainian bastion of Donetsk when he was approached by two Russian speakers with rifles dangling on their hips."So what are you, a fag?

Russian MP urges Facebook blockage over rainbow flag

Moscow - A Russian lawmaker, who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation, said Facebook should be shut down in Russia over its support for the US Supreme Court's decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

MH17 tribunal idea is 'counterproductive': Russian official

Moscow - A senior Russian official on Friday rejected calls for the establishment of a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine last year.

Ukraine, creditors exchange blows ahead of debt talks

Kiev - A vicious fight broke out in the open Friday between Ukraine's cash-strapped government and its foreign creditors over billions of dollars in debt that are up for negotiation next week.

Sweden boosts military readiness amid Russia concerns

Stockholm - Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises with NATO amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Friday.

Primakov, ex-PM 'who turned around Russia,' dies aged 85

Moscow - Russia's former prime minister Yevgeny Primakov, famed for turning around his US-bound plane over the Atlantic upon learning of NATO's bombing of Serbia in 1999, has died aged 85, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Man drowns as floods hit Russian Olympic city of Sochi

Moscow - A man drowned on Thursday when severe flooding hit the Russian resort of Sochi which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, destroying homes and cutting off transport links.
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