Pro-Russian rebel leader of a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine proposed replacing Ukraine with a new state, undermining an already faltering 2015 peace deal.
Australia said it will pursue “every legal avenue” and urged Russia to comply with a UN Security Council resolution that “calls on all states to cooperate.”
The Russian diplomat said Moscow was ‘obliged’ to cancel high-level meeting after the US included 38 entities to the sanction list against activities in Ukraine.
The two presidents talked of offering support and strengthening relations, moves which may be complicated by Trump’s wish for warmer ties with Russia.
Following the economic sanctions placed on Russia by Ukraine earlier this weeks, the country is accusing Russia of an organised cyber attack on its government.
Some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programmes used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have identified as a North Korea-run hacking operation.
In small and large events in the US and across the world, women went on strike demanding equality this International Women’s Day.
Tensions have escalated since a group of Ukrainian politicians and military veterans last month launched a rail blockade of shipments, including coal, from separatist-controlled areas, causing economic pain on both sides.
The crowd carried banners with slogans such as “The government should fight (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, not Ukrainians.”
East-West conflict over Ukraine is likely to continue to loom large when it comes to Russian foreign relations, especially as there seems no way – short of a third world war – that it is ever likely to relent on the main issue, its annexation of Crimea.
The bulletin cited nuclear volatility, especially as the US and Russia seek to modernise their atomic arsenals and remain at odds in war-torn countries such as Syria and Ukraine.
Opposition parties have accused the ruling Law and Justice party of violating the constitution by illegal passing the budget for next year.
The German foreign minister said “lip service” isn’t enough to achieve lasting peace after four-way talks on the separatist conflict in Ukraine ended.
The two men spoke about Syria and Ukraine for about four minutes, in what is likely to be their last in-person meeting before Obama leaves office.
With the US election over and passions abating, it’s worth asking: how bad are things between the US and Russia and what might Trump realistically do to change the equation?
Opinion polls show Tsetska Tsacheva is likely to narrowly win the ballot but lose a subsequent runoff to Rumen Radev, a Socialist Party ally who wants to end EU sanctions against Moscow.
Instead of turning the Russian public against their leaders, as the West had hoped, sanctions seem to have made Russian patriotism take on an increasingly anti-Western character.
Merkel and Hollande will discuss the talks at an EU summit meeting, with the bloc due to consider whether to impose new sanctions on Russians over the bombing of Aleppo.
The prize might be shared by President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist FARC rebel leader Timochenko after they signed the peace accord.
The conclusions were based on thousands of wiretaps, photographs, witness statements and forensic tests during more than two years of inquiries into an incident which led to a sharp rise in tensions between Russia and the West.
While some countries with declining populations are averse to letting more in, history shows rapidly growing populations are not easily confined within borders.
Putin’s 16-years-old United Russia party won 76% of the seats in parliament in a weekend election.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sought to burnish their foreign-policy credentials on Monday by meeting world leaders at the UN.
When Crimea was controlled by Ukraine, goods and services were affordable. But after Kiev blocked freight supplies last year prices soared.
“The attempt to provoke an outbreak of violence, to provoke a conflict is nothing other than a desire to distract (Ukrainian) society from its problems,” said Vladimir Putin, calling Ukraine’s actions “criminal.”
Just as in an earlier era, McCarthy’s criticism of the US army was a major factor in his downfall, the Republican presidential nominee’s feud with the Muslim parents of a fallen US Army soldier could herald the end of his campaign.
Black market arms dealers thrive following the Ukraine crisis. The weapons are possibly being shipped to the Middle East.
The crash near Smolensk in western Russia killed 96 people including Poland’s president Lech Kaczynski and his wife, as well as the central bank chief, top army brass and several lawmakers.
The NSG’s 2008 waiver made India unique. By pleading to be let into the NSG now, we have handed Pakistan the hyphen to us which that waiver had removed.
The powerful and influential US media is deliberately blinkered and inward-focused in values, orientation and worldview.
Crimea does not have uniformly happy associations for Gorbachev whose Perestroika reforms ended the Cold War but ultimately brought the end of the Soviet Union in December 1991.
Nadiya Savchenko is widely seen in Ukraine as a symbol of resistance against Russia, a perception bolstered by her defiant behaviour in court during her trial.
Sex tourism has spread around the world to countries that were previously inaccessible as tourism has boomed over the past 20 years and travelling has become cheaper.
He expects to be replaced by parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Groysman.
A forum bringing together Russia and its former Cold War adversary NATO will convene in the coming weeks for the first time since the Ukraine crisis halted its activities.
Dutch ‘No’ to EU’s Ukraine Pact Forces Government Rethink, Ukraine Says It Will Continue to Push Towards EU
Ignoring a clear “no” would be risky for Mark Rutte’s already unpopular government. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he could continue to push towards the European Union.
In her Nobel Lecture, the winner of the Literature prize for 2015 reflects on ‘Red’ Man and the complex legacy of the erstwhile Soviet Union.
Where the West has vacillated between trying to force Assad’s departure and resisting the spread of ISIS, Moscow has been clear-eyed and hardheaded: the top goal is to “defeat, degrade and destroy” the terrorist group.