MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will pull back all forces deployed to regions near its border with Ukraine “within a few days”, a deputy defense minister said on Friday, a move that if carried out could ease tensions around Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday.
Moscow has concentrated tens of thousands of troops across the border from eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists have declared two independent states.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court demanded on Thursday that the U.S. Library of Congress hand back seven precious Jewish texts to Moscow – and, in a tit-for-tat ruling, said it should pay a massive fine for every day it delays.
The so-called Schneerson collection, claimed by both Russia and the New York-based Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group, has become a bone of contention in Russia-U.S. ties, at their lowest for decades due to the Ukraine crisis.
MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday
it was moving troops and military equipment from border regions
near Ukraine, but NATO said a large “coercive force” remained in
Russia has previously failed to keep promises to move troops
back from the frontier with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian
separatists have declared independence.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called the detention of two Russian journalists in Ukraine unacceptable on Wednesday and suggested it highlighted wider questions about the legitimacy of political power in Ukraine.
The detention of the journalists, working for the pro-Kremlin Internet news outlet LifeNews, has added to tensions between Moscow and Kiev, which accuses Russia of destabilizing Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east ahead of a presidential vote on Sunday.
MOSCOW, May 16 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
criticised an official on Friday for threatening that Moscow
could block online networking site Twitter, in an
apparent attempt to silence rumours that Russia could cut
His comments, posted on his Facebook page, came after the
deputy director of Russia’s communications watchdog agency
Maksim Ksenzov told Izvestia newspaper that Russia’s blocking of
U.S.-based Twitter had become “unavoidable”.
BEIJING/MOSCOW, May 16 (Reuters) – Increasingly isolated by
the West over Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will
hope for a sympathetic ear on a visit next week to China, which
is also being more assertive in its territorial disputes with
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a big public show of
underscoring the importance of ties with Russia, and Moscow was
the first capital he visited after assuming the presidency last
year. Xi also attended the Winter Olympics in Sochi at Putin’s
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Every evening Antonina Sukhonos gazes up at the Slaviansk city administration building in eastern Ukraine and wonders out loud where pro-Russian gunmen are holding her son.
“If I can’t have him back I just want to know why they’ve detained him,” she said, looking up the building’s steel and glass facade from behind dark sunglasses.
Father Vitaly says he prays every day for the armed men who now wield power in Slaviansk, stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who have seized key buildings in a dozen towns across eastern Ukraine this month.
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Father Vitaly says he prays every day for the armed men who now wield power in Slaviansk, stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who have seized key buildings in a dozen towns across eastern Ukraine this month.
“There’s a point at which you just can’t take it anymore and you have to pick yourself up and stand up for yourself,” the bearded, broad-shouldered Orthodox priest said of his hostility to the Ukrainian leadership which has taken power in Kiev.
DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 28 (Reuters) – The United
States imposed new sanctions on allies of Russian President
Vladimir Putin on Monday, prompting Moscow to denounce “Cold
War” tactics amid more violence in eastern Ukraine.
Banning visas and freezing assets of the likes of Putin’s
friend Igor Sechin, head of oil giant Rosneft, also
drew fire from President Barack Obama’s domestic critics, who
called it a “slap on the wrist”, even as European allies
wrangled over how to follow suit without badly hurting their own