MOSCOW - A Russian diplomat signaled on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should refrain from statements suggesting he might seek re-election because it could fuel tension before planned peace talks.
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has taken a gamble with Russia's own fragile economy by bailing out Ukraine for the sake of keeping it in Moscow's orbit and out of the European Union's embrace. | Video
MOSCOW - Russia's parliament on Wednesday adopted an amnesty which lawyers said would free two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot and enable 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling to avoid trial.
MOSCOW - Moscow's $15 billion financial aid to Ukraine should benefit the Russian economy and risks for both countries would have been greater if Kiev had received no help, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told Reuters on Wednesday.
MOSCOW - Russia's financial support package for Ukraine, which amounts to $15 billion in bond purchases and a gas price discount, could support Ukraine's non-investment grade credit rating, rating agencies said.
KIEV - Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Wednesday described a $15 billion aid package from Russia as a historic deal to allow the ex-Soviet republic return to economic growth, as protesters in Kiev voiced anger over a "sell-out" to Moscow.
MOSCOW - Russia is ready to provide security at the Syrian port of Latakia and in Syrian waters while the country's chemical weapons arsenal is destroyed, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a Russian official as saying on Wednesday.
MOSCOW - Russia accused the West on Wednesday of putting pressure on Ukraine to choose closer ties with the European Union even though Kiev has accepted a Russian bailout after spurning a trade deal with the EU.
MOSCOW - Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich has secured a $15 billion bailout from Russia, offering respite for an economy heading ever closer to default but also drawing accusations he has sold his country out to its former Soviet master. | Video
BERLIN - Germany's new Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized Russia in his inaugural speech for exploiting Ukraine's economic plight to prevent it from signing a free-trade deal with the European Union.
NEW YORK - The U.S. attorney in Manhattan defended on Wednesday the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest last week on charges of underpaying her nanny, a case that has strained U.S.-Indian relations. | Video
The criminal complaint against Ross William Ulbricht, known as "Dread Pirate Roberts."