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Federalists Name Conditions for Vacating Government Buildings in East Ukraine
2014-04-18 04:59:17
Anti-government protesters in Ukraine's Donetsk region will vacate government buildings and surrender their arms only when Kiev frees all hostages and moves to hold a referendum on the country's political system, a senior commander of Donetsk?s self-defense forces said Friday.

Ukraine Puts Son of Ousted President on Wanted List
2014-04-18 04:39:51
The Ukrainian Security Service has placed ousted President Viktor Yanukovych?s eldest son on a wanted list, the country?s Interior Ministry said on its website Friday.

Russia Presses Ahead with South Stream Project
2014-04-18 04:24:20
Russia is continuing work on the South Stream natural gas pipeline project, including consultations with Europe, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said Friday at a RIA Novosti press conference.

Russian Deputy PM Thanks China for Support Amid EU Sanctions
2014-04-18 03:58:50
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Friday thanked Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang for Beijing?s continued support while EU countries are threatening Moscow with sanctions.

Several Dozen Federalist Supporters Peacefully Assembled in Ukraine's Donetsk
2014-04-18 03:50:48
Several dozen supporters of federalization for Ukraine were peacefully assembled in front of the regional government administration building in the country?s eastern Donetsk Region, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Friday.

Russian-Chinese Trade Could Grow to $100 Billion by Next Year ? Russian Official
2014-04-18 03:46:38
Russia and China can boost their bilateral trade to $100 billion by next year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a meeting of officials from the two countries Friday.

South Korea Shipwreck Death Toll Rises to 28, Hundreds Still Missing
2014-04-18 03:32:48
Twenty-eight people are now confirmed to have died and 271 remain missing after a South Korean ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday, CNN reported Friday citing official information.

Guantanamo Judge Orders CIA to Turn Over Data on Secret Prisons
2014-04-18 02:26:42
Military court at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base has ordered the CIA to provide information on secret prisons, Agence France-Presse reported Friday.

US Media Reveals Image of Tsarnaev's Anti-American Note
2014-04-18 01:55:23
A photo of a note allegedly written by the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the day before his arrest was published on the ABC News TV channel's website.

OPINION: Russia Needn?t Be Afraid of Paper Tiger NATO
2014-04-18 01:51:48
Russia should not be concerned about NATO expansion, as they are not going to do anything rather than some symbolic financial gestures, Jeffrey F. Addicott, Director of Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University School of Law in Texas told RIA Novosti.

OPINION: Entry Ban for Russian Males Promotes Ghetto-Style Segregation in Ukraine
2014-04-18 01:45:47
The new Ukrainian entry ban for Russian males aged 16 to 60 runs counter to the idea of diplomatic compromise and the efforts undertaken during the Geneva talks, professor with the Lyndon State College told RIA Novosti.

Putin?s Q&A Session 2014: Crimea, Ukraine, Gas, Foreign Policy and Mass Surveillance
2014-04-17 11:59:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a live question-and-answer session on Thursday, answering 81 questions from the public, including 35 about the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's reunification with Crimea.

Ukraine Confirms Entry Ban on Russian Males
2014-04-17 09:51:16
The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service confirmed Thursday that Russian males aged 16-60 have been banned from entering the country.

Russia?s Sberbank Mulls Legal Aid for Ukraine Case
2014-04-17 09:35:55
Russia?s largest bank Sberbank said Thursday it is considering retaining top legal aid to protect its interests in Ukraine, following a statement by prosecutors in the country that a criminal case had been opened against the bank.

Majority of Americans Are Distrustful of Drones ? Survey
2014-04-17 09:21:57
Nearly two out of three Americans are suspicious of the possibility of drones flying in US airspace, according to a survey published by the Pew Research Center Thursday.

Putin Hopes Italian EU Presidency Will Boost Russia-Europe Ties
2014-04-17 09:19:46
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope Thursday that Italy?s upcoming position as the rotating head of the European Union will help spur cooperation between Russia and Europe.

OPINION: NATO Poses No Credible Threat to Russia
2014-04-17 09:08:45
NATO poses no credible threat to Russia, especially as many of the key members of the alliance have cut their military budgets, experts told RIA Novosti, commenting on statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin made Thursday.

Putin Hopes for Resumption of Ties With US
2014-04-17 09:01:12
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he hopes for the full resumption of contacts between Russian and US officials in the future.

Documentaries on Maidan, Syria to Screen at Cannes
2014-04-17 08:45:38
Documentary films about the political upheaval in Kiev and the ongoing conflict in Syria will have special screenings at Cannes 2014, festival director Thierry Fremaux told a news conference Thursday.

US Court Allows Tsarnaev Family Visit Without FBI Escort
2014-04-17 08:44:09
The US District Court of Massachusetts has ruled to allow the family of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to visit him in prison without an FBI escort, the National Law Journal reported Thursday.

OPINION: Ukrainian Army Knows Orders Come From Illegitimate Authorities
2014-04-17 08:34:04
Ukraine?s military personnel understand they are receiving orders from authorities whose legitimacy is doubted, Vadim Kozyulin, a senior research fellow at the Russian Center for Policy Studies, told RIA Novosti.

Kiev Regime Backs Up on Russian Language Ban
2014-04-17 08:27:00
Ukrainian authorities are open to discussing granting Russian the status of an official language in the country's southeastern regions, the acting head of the ruling political party in parliament said Thursday.

Ukraine Denied Entry to 11,000 Russian Citizens
2014-04-17 08:17:46
Ukraine has recently denied entry to over 11,000 Russian citizens, citing a need to prevent radicals from entering the country, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Security Service said Thursday.

Iran Neutralized Half of Uranium Stock ? IAEA
2014-04-17 07:57:47
Iran has neutralized half of its highly-enriched uranium stockpile, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) quoted by the Associated Press on Thursday.

Ukraine Restarts Gas Imports From Poland, Maxes Out Pipeline
2014-04-17 07:47:16
Ukraine restarted imports of natural gas from Poland this week, maxing out the carrying capacity of a pipeline, the Polish Gaz System transit operator said Thursday.

Trust Between Russia, US Lost, Not Moscow?s Fault ? Putin
2014-04-17 07:40:00
The trust between Russia and the United States has been lost to a great degree, but the fault for this does not lay on Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a live Q&A session.

ANALYSIS: Putin Hints Dialogue Possible Between Moscow, Kiev
2014-04-17 07:29:14
Russia and Ukraine have grounds for dialogue, Russian political scientists said after analyzing President Vladimir Putin?s comments during a live question and answer session with the public on Thursday.

NATO Reaches New Low in Anti-Russian Rhetoric ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-17 07:23:46
NATO has surpassed its propaganda efforts of the 1990s by blaming Russia for the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

OPINION: Angered by Coup, Thuggery, Ukrainian Troops Won?t Shoot Protesters
2014-04-17 07:13:07
Ukrainian troops will never obey the regime?s orders to shoot their fellow countrymen, a retired senior official at Russia?s Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti Thursday.

EU Agrees to Gas Supply Consultations With Russia Amid Ukraine Crisis
2014-04-17 06:54:16
The European Union has agreed with Russia that consultations should be held to ensure the uninterrupted flow of natural gas to Europe amid the crisis in Ukraine, according to an open letter by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso published on Thursday.

Kiev?s Military Crackdown on Eastern Protests Doomed From Start - Russian General
2014-04-17 06:52:04
The failure of this week's military crackdown by Kiev authorities on protesters in eastern Ukraine was a foregone conclusion, as the army will not fight peaceful protesters unless provoked by outside forces, former Chief of the Russian General Staff told RIA Novosti Thursday.

European Commission President Answers Putin's Letter on Gas
2014-04-17 06:41:04
President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso sent a reply Thursday to a letter by Russian President Vladimir Putin to European leaders regarding the potential impact on energy supplies by the crisis in Ukraine.

Putin Hopes to Resolve Issues of Gas Transiting Through Ukraine to Europe
2014-04-17 06:37:22
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that all the issues related to the transit of gas through Ukraine will be successfully resolved on the basis of current existing contracts.

US Underestimates Methane Emissions From Fracking ? Report
2014-04-17 06:35:37
The amount of methane emitted by natural gas extraction, including fracking, is grossly underestimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new study published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Putin Says Russia Will Not Insist on Presence in International Structures, No Demarche
2014-04-17 06:02:50
Moscow will not insist on its presence in various international organizations, and will not perform any demarches, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Putin Says Ukraine Cannot Elect President Without Changing Constitution
2014-04-17 05:54:37
The new head of state cannot be elected in Ukraine without amending the constitution in the country, which still has its legitimate president, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Europe Can't Refuse Russian Gas Without Harming Own Interests - Putin
2014-04-17 05:51:42
Europe cannot refuse the delivery of Russian gas without harming its own economic interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Putin Jokes on Possible Reunification of Alaska with Russia: Who Needs It?
2014-04-17 05:44:15
Russian President Vladimir Putin jokingly commented on a suggestion of unifying Alaska with Russia the same way as with Crimea.

Four-Party Talks on Ukrainian Crisis Begin in Geneva
2014-04-17 05:34:13
Four-party talks on the crisis in Ukraine with delegates from Russia, the EU, and the US began in Geneva on Thursday.

Tymoshenko?s Anti-Russian Statements a 'Nervous Breakdown' - Putin
2014-04-17 05:26:05
The Russian President Vladimir Putin explained the radical anti-russian statements of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulya Tymoshenko as being the result of a ?nervous breakdown?.

Putin Hopes No Need to Use Russia?s Military Forces in Ukraine
2014-04-17 05:18:02
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that he would not have to use the right to order the deployment of Russia?s military forces in Ukraine.

Putin Says Russia Not Afraid of NATO Expansion
2014-04-17 05:16:26
Russia is not afraid of NATO expansion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Putin Says New Authorities in Kiev Illegitimate, But Contacts Continue
2014-04-17 05:13:32
Russia does not acknowledge the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities, but continues to keep contacts, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Solving Crisis in Ukraine Depends on Guarantees to People in Country's Southeast - Putin
2014-04-17 04:58:51
Solving the crisis in Ukraine depends on guarantees given to the residents of the southeastern regions of the country and not the order of when presidential elections and a referendum are to be held, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Putin Says Compromise on Ukraine Should Be Within Country, Not Between Russia, US
2014-04-17 04:48:05
A compromise on the situation in Ukraine needs to be found within the country and not between third players such as the United States and Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Lavrov, Kerry Meet Ahead of Geneva Talks on Ukraine
2014-04-17 04:45:34
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of four-party talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva on Thursday.

Kiev?s Claim of Russian Involvement in Ukraine ?Smells of Paranoia? ? Moscow
2014-04-17 04:42:48
Kiev?s claim that Russian special forces are involved in orchestrating protests in Ukraine ?smells of paranoia,? Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

Putin Says Ousted Ukraine Leader Fulfilled His Duties
2014-04-17 04:39:54
Viktor Yanukovych, who maintains that he is still the legitimate president of Ukraine, had fulfilled his duties as much as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Putin Sure Russia, Ukraine Will Find Understanding, Will Never Part
2014-04-17 04:34:54
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he is sure that Russia and Ukraine will be able to find understanding in their interstate relations.

Putin Urges Kiev to Speak to Common People in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-17 04:32:31
The scheduled four-party talks in Geneva are very important and the Kiev authorities need to speak with the common people in eastern Ukraine and not their appointees, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public Thursday.

REVIEW: Kiev Authorities Report First Victims Following Mariupol Clash
2014-04-17 04:29:17
Three anti-government protesters were killed, 13 injured and more than 60 detained following a violent clash overnight that erupted between federalization supporters and Ukrainian troops in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, authorities in Kiev said Thursday.

Putin Says Ukrainian People Must Respect Crimea?s Choice
2014-04-17 04:14:10
Ukrainian people must respect the Crimea?s choice, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday.

Putin Condemns Kiev?s Criminal Use of Tanks Against Civilians in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-17 04:09:13
The use of tanks and aviation against civilians is another crime of the coup-imposed Kiev government, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session Thursday.

Putin Says Presence of Russian Troops, Instructors in Ukraine 'Nonsense'
2014-04-17 03:41:05
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the statement by the West and Kiev that there were apparently Russian troops and instructors in eastern Ukraine ?nonsense? during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.

Ukrainian Troops Laying Down Arms Will Be Prosecuted ? Acting Ukrainian President
2014-04-17 03:36:44
The Ukrainian military brigade that laid down its weapons during a special operation against protesters earlier this week will be dissolved and its soldiers will stand trial, acting Ukrainian President Olexander Turchynov said Thursday.

China Proposes Shanghai Group Security Center
2014-04-17 03:25:00
China?s minister of public security warned Thursday of new threats to member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc, and proposed setting up a joint security center to deal with the challenges.

Multi-Billion Pound Investment Boost Will Improve Scotland ? England Links
2014-04-17 03:16:18
The UK Government has confirmed a new £2.7 billion contract to build 500 new railway carriages that will travel on the main intercity route between Edinburgh and London, linking Scotland and England.

Western Sanctions to Push Integration of Eurasian Union and Asia-Pacific ? Russian Official
2014-04-17 02:54:31
Western sanctions against Moscow could drive integration between the Asia-Pacific region and the proposed economic union of post-Soviet states, widely seen as Russia?s counterweight to the EU, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Thursday.

Death Toll in South Korea Ferry Disaster Rises to 9, Hundreds Still Missing
2014-04-17 02:41:19
The confirmed death toll from a ferry that capsized off the coast of South Korea earlier this week has risen to nine and nearly 300 passengers are still missing, the Kyodo news agency reported Thursday citing official information.

Missing Russian Journalist Found in Police Custody in Ukraine?s Mariupol
2014-04-17 02:39:11
The Russia-based LifeNews TV channel said Thursday its missing correspondent Kristina Babayeva has been discovered in police custody in Ukraine?s Mariupol, where she was detained together with protesters who attempted to storm a local military base overnight.

OPINION: Russia and Ukraine Can Find Common Ground at Geneva Talks
2014-04-17 02:12:24
Moscow and Kiev can find common ground during Thursday's four-party talks on the crisis in Ukraine in Geneva, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Karl Pifer told RIA Novosti.

Boston Police Hatch Extensive Plan to Secure Marathon
2014-04-17 02:03:44
Boston city police have developed extensive security plans for the upcoming 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, the first since the deadly bombing last year, a Boston Police Department spokesman told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

GPS Monitoring Can?t Always Deter Crimes ? US Official
2014-04-17 01:59:02
US police use GPS tracking to monitor offenders in the hopes of preventing crime, but such devices cannot always deter crimes or alert law enforcement to threats to public safety, a spokesman for California?s corrections department told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

3 Dead, 13 Injured in Overnight Attacks in Ukraine?s Mariupol
2014-04-17 01:34:46
Three people dead, thirteen other injured in a confrontation between anti-government protesters and soldiers at a military unit in the Ukraine?s southeastern city of Mariupol, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Thursday.

Six Ukrainian Army Vehicles Join Pro-Federalist Protesters in Kramatorsk
2014-04-16 10:15:50
Six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk are currenty controlled by pro-federalist activists, he Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Scottish City Has Worst Life Expectancy in Developed World ? Report
2014-04-16 10:03:23
New official figures released Wednesday show that Glasgow, Scotland?s most populous city, continues to have lower life expectancy rates than some of the worst conflict zones in the world.

Russia?s Position on Ukraine Sound, Consistent ? Moscow
2014-04-16 10:00:49
Russia?s stand on Ukraine is sound and consistent but runs into the ?concrete wall? of Western censorship, Russian President Vladimir Putin?s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

OPINION: Scotland Within UK 'Stateless Nation'
2014-04-16 09:44:58
An independent Scotland could follow its own preferred policies, which is impossible within the UK, Neil McGarvey, a teaching fellow with the University of Strathclyde, told RIA Novosti.

OPINION: Provocation in Ukraine Could Result in Large-Scale Armed Conflict
2014-04-16 09:40:50
The slightest provocation or accidental confrontation in Ukraine could trigger a large-scale military conflict in the country, Spanish professor and politician Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

OPINION: UN Should Demand Syria's Neighbors Stop Financing Extremists
2014-04-16 09:36:08
The key to resolving the three-year Syrian crisis is the UN pressuring external players to stop financing extremists in the country, Ali Salim Asad, a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

INTERVIEW: Russia Could Compromise With US on Ukraine But Will Never Give In
2014-04-16 09:30:07
Russia might reach a compromise with the US on Ukraine, but will never make concessions, Leonid Reshetnikov, head of the Russian Institute of Strategic Research, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Wednesday.

OPINION: Pragmatic EU Unlikely To Eject Independent Catalonia
2014-04-16 09:25:28
The European Union is not interested in ejecting Catalonia as the region is an economic powerhouse and Mediterranean trade center, a founder of the Catalan National Assembly told RIA Novosti.

US Oil and Gas Drilling Leaves Behind Radioactive Waste
2014-04-16 09:22:35
As the US continues its drive for greater energy independence, fears remain that the increase in oil and gas drilling may lead to radioactive waste being dumped in violation of safety regulations, a comprehensive study by Bloomberg said Wednesday.

Escalation of Ukrainian Crisis Could Shake Foundations of European Security ? Report
2014-04-16 09:16:45
An escalation of the crisis in Ukraine could destabilize the entire European post-Cold War security system, the Italian Institute for International Affairs said in a report released Wednesday.

OPINION: US, EU Irresponsible Policies May Unleash Civil War in Ukraine
2014-04-16 09:12:23
The US and EU policies on Ukraine are irresponsible and may unleash civil war in the country, Salim Lamrani, a professor at Paris-Sorbonne University, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Kiev to Raise Crimea Return at Geneva Meeting ? Ukrainian Official
2014-04-16 09:10:00
Kiev plans to raise Crimea's return to Ukraine during a planned four-party meeting in Geneva on Thursday, Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia announced Wednesday.

Ukraine Launches Second Case Against Presidential Candidate Tsarev
2014-04-16 08:59:06
Prosecutors in eastern Ukraine have launched a second case this week against presidential candidate Oleh Tsarev, charging him with ?actions aimed at territorial changes in the country,? the Prosecutor General?s Office said Wednesday.

50 Ukrainian Soldiers Join Federalists in Slaviansk
2014-04-16 08:54:44
Fifty Ukrainian soldiers sent to the eastern town of Kramatorsk for military operations against pro-federalization protesters have defected to the side of the demonstrators, local self-defense activists told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

EU Would Accept Independent Catalonia ? Report
2014-04-16 08:40:45
The European Union would accept an independent Catalonia despite Spain?s veto on holding an independence referendum this autumn, a report by Catalonia's National Transition Advisory Council has concluded.

OPINION: Forecast for Scottish Referendum Uncertain
2014-04-16 08:31:00
A combination of factors may affect the results of the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence, making an accurate prediction all but impossible, opinion pollster Mark Diffley of Ipsos Mori Scotland told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

Sanctions on Russia Would Devastate Businesses ? French-Russian Commerce Group
2014-04-16 08:14:00
Top officials at the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFR) have warned of devastating consequences for business if broad EU economic sanctions are introduced against Russia.

NATO to Boost Military Presence in Baltic, Mediterranean
2014-04-16 07:54:32
NATO will intensify air patrols over Eastern Europe and dispatch extra ships to the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas due to the crisis in Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after a meeting of alliance ambassadors in Brussels.

ANALYSIS: US Characterized by Oligarchy as Much as Democracy
2014-04-16 07:51:39
The US is an oligarchy as well as a democracy, Jeffrey Winters, a Yale University Professor, told RIA Novosti.

Ukrainian Official Claims Armored Vehicle Desertions Were Guerrilla Tactic
2014-04-16 07:30:10
Reports of Ukrainian armored vehicles hoisting Russian flags were a guerilla tactic to penetrate the federalist-held region, a member of the Batkyvshchina (Fatherland) Party claimed Wednesday.

European Parliament to Vote on Invasive Species Blacklist
2014-04-16 07:12:01
The European Parliament (EP) is voting Wednesday on new rules on invasive species in a bid to protect biodiversity on the continent, the parliament said in a statement.

Ukrainian Parliament Supports Military Operation in East ? Kiev Official
2014-04-16 06:29:16
Ukraine?s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has signed off on the security operation to stabilize the situation in the country?s eastern regions, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Russia Mulls WTO Suit Against US Over Bank Sanctions
2014-04-16 05:57:16
Russia may file suit against the United States through the World Trade Organization (WTO) over sanctions against Russian banks, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Wednesday.

Protesters Deny Seizure of Mayor's Office in Ukraine's Donetsk
2014-04-16 05:50:02
The mayor's office in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk has not been occupied by protesters and such reports could be a provocation, a spokesman for a local militia group told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

California Murders Cast Doubt on Effectiveness of GPS Monitoring
2014-04-16 05:42:12
GPS tracking is not a completely effective tool to prevent crime, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said, following the gruesome rapes and killings of four women by two monitored sex offenders.

Three More Armored Transport Vehicles Join Federalists in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-16 05:39:21
The personnel of three more armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Slaviansk and Kramatorsk have switched sides and joined the pro-federalist activists there, a RIA Novosti correspondent said Wednesday.

Moscow Slams French Claims of Russian Role in Ukraine Standoff
2014-04-16 05:31:31
The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized France Wednesday for attempting to blame Moscow for the crisis in eastern Ukraine, while urging Paris to fulfill its commitment under an earlier reconciliation deal.

Local ?Anti-Maidan? Movement Declares Establishment of Odessa People?s Republic
2014-04-16 05:24:05
The Odessa region?s ?Anti-Maidan? movement has declared the establishment of an Odessa People?s Republic and called on residents to block police and military troops from entering the city, a statement on the group?s website said Wednesday.

Two Australians Killed in US Drone Attack in Yemen
2014-04-16 05:17:23
Two Australian men, one of whom held dual citizenship with New Zealand, were killed in a US predator drone strike in November in Yemen, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

NYC Disbands Police Unit Tasked With Spying On Muslims
2014-04-16 04:46:08
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has disbanded a controversial police unit tasked with conducting surveillance on local Muslims, the department has announced.

Google's One-Day Public Sale of Smart Glasses Prototype Ends
2014-04-16 04:43:30
Google has closed a one-day public sale of its experimental computer-enabled glasses, an announcement on the company?s website said.

Over 50 Ukrainian Armored Vehicles Rolling Toward Donetsk - Activists
2014-04-16 04:28:33
Pro-federalization activists in Ukraine?s southeastern city of Donetsk say more than 50 military armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Army have been spotted in the region and are now closing on the city.

Barefoot Suspect Arrested After Boston Marathon Backpack Scare
2014-04-16 04:02:42
Police have detained a barefoot man who dropped a suspicious backpack at the finish line of the Boston marathon, hours after the city paused for a minute of silence to commemorate the first anniversary of the tragedy, local media reports said.

Armed Protesters Enter City Council Building in Ukraine's Donetsk
2014-04-16 03:42:28
Pro-federalization protesters armed with weapons have entered the Donetsk city council, the council members told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Londoners Say Western Media Unfairly Demonizing Russia Over Ukraine
2014-04-16 03:38:33
A recent independent opinion poll in the streets of London found no shortage of people who said they are not buying the West?s characterization of Russia's alleged interventions in Ukraine under the helm of President Vladimir Putin.

Six Ukrainian Army Vehicles Join Pro-Federalist Protesters
2014-04-16 03:19:00
The personnel of six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk has switched sides and has joined the pro-federalist activists, witnesses told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

International Community Must Persuade Ukraine to Start Constitutional Reform - Lavrov
2014-04-16 02:43:15
All parties interested in settling the ongoing crisis in Ukraine must call on the Kiev authorities to move from words to action, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Ukraine to Issue Two-Year War Bonds
2014-04-16 02:40:00
Ukraine?s Ministry of Finance will issue two-year war bonds worth a total of 1.1 billion hryvnia, stated the Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 100-101 dated April 1 and released only this week.

Ferry Sinks in South Korea, Two Dead, 300 Missing
2014-04-16 02:09:10
Over 300 people went missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea, Reuters cited the South Korean Coast Guard as saying Wednesday.

Russia's Plans for Four-Party Talks on Ukraine Still on Agenda ? Lavrov
2014-04-16 02:04:56
Russia?s participation in the four-party talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva remains on the agenda, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

OPINION: Pulitzer Winner Says Boston Survivor Who Lost Both His Legs Amazing Person
2014-04-16 01:59:39
Boston Bombing Survivor Jeff Bauman is amazing person very caring for people around him, photographer Josh Haner, Pulitzer Winner for photo story on the man who lost both his legs in the terror act, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Scottish Independence Gains Traction ? Poll
2014-04-16 01:52:19
Scottish independence supporters are gaining ground as more and more locals plan to vote for a sovereign Scotland, a new poll published Wednesday by TNS said.

OPINION: US Government Merely Democratic, Favors Rich
2014-04-16 01:29:00
US policy outcomes are more often shaped by the preferences of the rich, while ordinary citizens? ability to influence their government is very limited, says Martin Gilens, a professor at Princeton and co-author of a new research on American elites.

Ukrainian Federalists Move Deeper into Kramatorsk, Set Barricades on Fire
2014-04-16 01:26:13
Pro-federalism supporters are setting barricades of tires on fire and are heading deeper into the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk, the new scene of clashes with the Ukrainian troops loyal to government, a RIA Novosti correspondent has reported.

Russia Bought $5.6 billion Less US Bonds in February
2014-04-16 01:19:00
Russia in February reduced investments in US government bonds by $5.6 billion to the level of $126.2 billion, as follows from the US Treasury data.

OPINION: Shock of Boston Tragedy Was Mixed and Muffled for Me - Runner
2014-04-15 15:24:17
On April 15, 2013 biomedical scientist from Boston Greg Fomovsky was running the Boston Marathon as part of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Team Stork that raised funds for the neonatal intensive care unit. One year on, he speaks to RIA Novosti about what happened that day.

OPINION: UN Report on Rigged Crimean Referendum US Ploy Against Russia
2014-04-15 09:59:47
A UN Human Rights report accusing Russia of rigging Crimea?s referendum is propaganda created by Washington, lacking both grounds for credibility and evidence, Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant US Treasury Secretary told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

Allegations of Russian Troops in East Ukraine ?Absurd? ? Kremlin
2014-04-15 09:42:38
The Kremlin on Tuesday blasted as "absurd" reports from Western countries alleging the presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

Army Attacks Protesters in Eastern Ukraine, First Wounded Reported
2014-04-15 09:39:00
The Ukrainian army started on Tuesday a special operation in a crackdown on pro-federalism militia in eastern Ukraine, with reports emerging of first casualties among protesters.

Ukrainian Crisis Could Require New Round of Talks at UN Security Council ? Moscow
2014-04-15 08:59:37
The events that continue unfolding in Ukraine could necessitate a new round of talks at the United Nations Security Council, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Tuesday.

'Credible Allegations' Prove Anti-Referendum Sentiment in Crimea Suppressed ? UN Report
2014-04-15 08:57:10
Local activists and journalists who did not support Crimea?s March 16 referendum on joining Russia have faced persecution, according to a report published Tuesday by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Kiev Court Refuses to Lift Ban on Russian Broadcasters in Ukraine
2014-04-15 08:46:40
The Regional Administrative Court of Kiev on Tuesday refused to overturn a temporary ban on broadcasts of four Russian TV channels in Ukraine, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom.

Ukraine Charges Pro-Federalization Presidential Candidate With Attack on Sovereignty
2014-04-15 08:34:21
Kiev?s Prosecutor Office has initiated a case against pro-federalization presidential candidate Oleh Tsarev, charging him with ?infringement of territorial sovereignty,? the office?s press service said Tuesday.

Ukraine?s Parliament Declares Crimea, Sevastopol ?Occupied Territory?
2014-04-15 08:26:05
The Ukrainian parliament approved a law Tuesday declaring Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which became Russia?s newest regions last month, as ?temporarily occupied territory.?

Tsarnaev Awaits Trial Under Conditions Reserved for Terrorists
2014-04-15 08:22:13
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, awaits trial under conditions commonly applied to terrorists, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Scotland's Independence Could Seriously Weaken UK Maritime Strength
2014-04-15 08:19:00
An independent Scotland would seriously weaken the United Kingdom?s global maritime strength, Britain?s most senior naval officer has warned.

OPINION: Pulitzer Laureate Remembers Pools of Blood, People Smoldering After Boston Bombing
2014-04-15 08:14:00
The Boston Globe photographer, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize earlier today, and who was at the finish line when the fatal twin blasts went off at the 2013 Boston Marathon, told RIA Novosti he was awaiting this year?s commemoration events to end so people could move on with their lives.

OPINION: Open Jury Essential to Avoid Negative Stereotyping of Non-American Defendants
2014-04-15 08:00:09
Finding an unbiased jury is a top priority for US lawyers representing clients from Eastern countries, a New Jersey-based lawyer representing Dias Kadyrbayev told RIA Novosti.

REVIEW: Russian Senators Urge OSCE to React to Barred Journalists in Ukraine
2014-04-15 07:35:15
Russian senators have written in a draft statement they believe the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the world?s largest watchdog on press freedom, should react to reports that Russian journalists have been banned from covering events in Ukraine.

OPINION: FBI Has a Lot to Hide About Boston Bombing
2014-04-15 07:27:57
The FBI has a lot to hide about last year?s Boston Marathon bombing, according to Russ Baker, a US investigative journalist and founder of the non-profit website WhoWhatWhy.com.

Moscow, Berlin Should Work Together on Ukrainian Crisis Settlement ? German Ambassador
2014-04-15 06:47:43
Berlin and Moscow have fundamentally different points of view on events in Ukraine, but both sides must work together on settling the crisis, Germany's ambassador to Moscow said Tuesday.

Terrorists Open Fire on 2 Damascus Schools, 1 Child Dead
2014-04-15 06:36:39
Terrorists in the Syrian capital Damascus fired mortar rounds at two schools Tuesday, killing one child and injuring more than 40 other people, mainly children, the SANA news agency reported citing local police.

NATO Chief Says Military Response to Situation in Ukraine Not Discussed
2014-04-15 06:30:00
NATO is not considering a military response to the situation in Ukraine and is counting on a political and diplomatic resolution, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday.

Ukraine Massing Troops in East for Protest Crackdown ? Self-Defense Leader
2014-04-15 06:27:50
The Ukrainian army has built up divisions centered on the border between eastern Ukraine?s Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, a deputy commander of the Donbas self-defense forces said Tuesday.

Prague Deems NATO Military Intervention in Ukraine Impossible
2014-04-15 06:07:13
The Czech Republic sees NATO military involvement in resolving the crisis in Ukraine as an impossibility, the country's minister of defense said Tuesday.

REVIEW: Pulitzer Prize Goes to Journalistic Work on Snowden, Boston
2014-04-15 06:02:59
Secret documents leaked by former US intelligence employee Edward Snowden have won journalists of The Guardian and The Washington Post the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Ukraine to Begin Importing Gas via Poland ? Report
2014-04-15 05:58:19
Ukraine is to start importing natural gas via Poland as soon as this week, Ukraine?s UNIAN news agency reported Tuesday, citing an order that has allegedly been placed with the Polish gas transport firm Gaz Systems.

Ukraine on Verge of Civil War ? Russia?s Medvedev
2014-04-15 05:11:23
Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday.

Ukraine?s Interim Leader Announces Start of Operation Against Protesters in Donetsk Region
2014-04-15 04:16:24
Ukraine's parliamentary speaker and interim President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of a military operation in the north of Donetsk Region, where demonstrations by pro-federalization protesters are ongoing.

OPINION: Ukraine Started Armed Suppression Operation After CIA ?Go-Ahead?
2014-04-15 04:08:03
Sunday?s special operation against protesters in southeastern Ukraine began after a ?go-ahead? from the CIA, the president of the Ukrainian Center for System-based Analysis and Forecasting told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Lavrov Rejects Kiev?s Claims of Russian Plan to Cancel Geneva Talks
2014-04-15 03:56:23
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected allegations on Tuesday levied by Kiev that Russia could cancel the upcoming four-party talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva.

OPINION: UN Report Claiming Russia Rigged Crimea Referendum is Propaganda Fraud
2014-04-15 03:45:16
A leaked UN report indicating Russia compromised last month's referendum in Crimea is a complete fraud, representing propaganda undertaken for international purposes, eight-time presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche Jr. told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Lavrov Slams ?Unacceptable? Use of Force in Southeastern Ukraine
2014-04-15 03:13:00
Moscow believes that the use of force in southeastern Ukraine is unacceptable and condemns preparations for a violent crackdown on protesters in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

US Tried to Obscure Investigation Into Russian Orphan's Death
2014-04-15 02:56:00
US investigators attempted to obscure a probe into the death of Maxim Kuzmin, a three-year-old Russian orphan who died in Texas following his adoption by an American family in 2012, a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Federalists Still Control Town Hall in Ukraine's Horlivka
2014-04-15 02:49:31
Pro-federalization activists in the southeastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka were still in control of the town hall building and the local police station on Tuesday, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

Ukrainian Presidential Candidate Brutally Beaten in Kiev
2014-04-15 02:04:45
Oleh Tsarev, a presidential candidate in Ukraine's upcoming May 25 election, has been brutally beaten by radicals in Kiev and is now in critical condition, a spokesman for the candidate said Tuesday.

ANALYSIS: US Sent CIA to Ukraine to Initiate Protest Suppression Campaign
2014-04-15 01:53:32
CIA Director John Brennan was sent to Ukraine over the weekend to launch a military suppression of pro-federalization protests in the southeastern part of the country, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

OPINION: Reporter Turns Into Runner Year After Boston Marathon Tragedy
2014-04-15 01:34:25
One year later, Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer is getting ready to return to the Boston marathon, but this time as a runner.

Federalists in Ukraine's Slaviansk Denied Reports of Local Shootings
2014-04-15 01:30:07
The representative of pro-federalization protesters in Ukraine's Slaviansk denied reports of armed clashes near the city, talking to RIA Novosti Tuesday.

OPINION: Kiev Unwilling To Consider Federalism in New Constitution
2014-04-14 09:59:49
The authorities in Kiev are not willing to consider federalism as an option for the future of Ukraine, believes Nicolai Petro, a professor of comparative and international politics at the University of Rhode Island.

Trial of Gaddafi-Era Officials Grossly Unfair ? Human Rights Watch
2014-04-14 09:52:13
The trial of the sons of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and 37 ex-officials accused of crimes against humanity during the 2011 uprising in the country is grossly unfair to the defendants, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

EU Aggravated Ukrainian Crisis by Legitimizing Regime Change ? French Politician
2014-04-14 09:48:23
The situation in Ukraine deteriorated after the European Union acknowledged the February coup in Kiev as a legitimate change of power, a socialist deputy in a regional French council has said.

Election Campaign Required Crackdown on Protestors ? Ukrainian Official
2014-04-14 09:11:27
The urgency behind the recent military operation against protestors in southeastern Ukraine was due to the regime?s reluctance to put off the upcoming presidential election, a senior Ukrainian official said Monday.

US Pharmaceutical Giant's Flu Drug Sold Globally Based on Flawed Evidence
2014-04-14 09:00:41
San-Francisco-based pharmaceutical giant Genentech relied on incomplete evidence about its antiviral drug Tamiflu when selling it to government agencies worldwide, according to a report by the independent healthcare advocacy group Cochrane.

Lavrov Alarmed by Ukraine Barring Russian Journalists
2014-04-14 08:42:48
Ukraine has banned an alarming number of Russian journalists from covering events in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters Monday.

Holding Geneva Talks Depends on Kiev, Russia Ready to Participate ? Foreign Ministry
2014-04-14 08:29:00
Moscow plans to take part in this week?s four-party negotiations on the situation in Ukraine, but holding the talks will depend on the actions of the new Kiev authorities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Lavrov Blasts US, EU Attempts to Blame Russia for Ukraine Crisis
2014-04-14 07:54:12
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the United States and European countries for attempting to blame Moscow for events in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Ukraine?s Interim Leader Hopes to Resolve Crisis in East Soon
2014-04-14 07:31:00
Kiev hopes to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine soon, acting President Olexander Turchynov said Monday, a day after the country?s special forces launched an operation to suppress pro-federalization protesters in the region.

ANALYSIS: Civil War Unlikely as Kiev Junta Loses Support
2014-04-14 06:59:22
Civil war in Ukraine is unlikely as Kiev?s junta is quickly losing support, according to Jon Hellevig, co-author of the book ?Putin?s New Russia."

Use of Force in Ukraine Threatens Moscow-Kiev Cooperation ? Lavrov
2014-04-14 06:25:35
The use of force against protesters in Ukraine will undermine the prospects of cooperation between Moscow and Kiev, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Moscow Alarmed by Reports of New Poison Gas Attack in Syria ? Lavrov
2014-04-14 06:03:07
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced concerns Monday about reports of the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria, calling for an investigation into the matter.

OPCW Chief Hopes for Timely Destruction of Syrian Chemical Arsenal
2014-04-14 05:55:51
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will expend all effort to guarantee shipments of chemical weapons out of Syria are completed on schedule by the middle of this year, OPCW Director General Ahmet Üzümcü said Monday.

Russia Seeks US Explanation for CIA Director's Visit to Ukraine ? Lavrov
2014-04-14 05:43:00
The United States has not yet given a sufficient response to reports of a recent visit by CIA Director John Brennan to Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Ukraine's President Says Vote on Federalization Possible for May
2014-04-14 05:07:00
Ukraine?s acting President Olexander Turchynov said Monday a nationwide referendum on the form of government in Ukraine could be held along with the country?s presidential election on May 25.

OSCE Monitors Arrive in Slaviansk
2014-04-14 04:59:17
International monitors with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have arrived in Ukraine?s southeastern town of Slaviansk, a Ukrainian TV channel reported Monday.

OPINION: Ukraine Scenario Has CIA Modus Operandi Written All Over It
2014-04-14 04:42:04
The events unfolding in Ukraine are in line with other international Central Intelligence Agency operations, George Mapp, an investigative journalist and a contributor to the Daily Journalist, told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Suspects in 9/11 Case to Give First-Ever Testimony on Guantanamo Torture
2014-04-14 04:27:32
Several accused September 11 conspirators are scheduled to appear in a US military court on Monday to give their first-ever testimony about life inside the notorious Guantanamo prison, The Miami Herald reported.

Donetsk Region Protesters Detain Trucks Carrying Government Rocket Ammo
2014-04-14 04:14:53
Supporters of federalization, who continue to control the town of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, said Monday that two trucks with rocket launcher ammunition for government troops were stopped at a local checkpoint.

Over 200 Tons of Radioactive Water Dumped Into Wrong Fukushima Reservoir
2014-04-14 04:02:35
Around 240 tons of highly radioactive groundwater stored at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has been dumped into an unprepared facility due to a technical malfunction, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported Monday.

Federalists in Southeast Ukraine Ignore Kiev Regime?s Ultimatum
2014-04-14 03:35:49
Pro-federalization protesters in southeastern Ukraine have ignored the central regime?s threat of a crackdown if they refuse to lay down arms and relinquish captured government buildings by 9 a.m. Monday, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the region.

CIA Denies Director Brennan?s Role in Protest Crackdown in Ukraine
2014-04-14 03:00:00
The Central Intelligence Agency rejected reports Monday that its director, John Brennan, orchestrated an operation in southeast Ukraine over the weekend against protesters rallying in support of federalization.

Leaked UN Report Claims Russia ?Rigged? Crimea Referendum
2014-04-14 02:36:55
A draft UN report on human rights in Ukraine reportedly acquired by US-based political magazine Foreign Policy claims Russia ?rigged? the referendum in Crimea, the news outlet said on its website.

Syria?s Assad Says War Turning in His Favor
2014-04-14 02:06:45
The civil war in Syria is gradually turning in the government?s favor, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said, according to the French AFP news agency.

West Has Chance to Avert Civil War in Ukraine ? Russian UN Envoy
2014-04-14 01:41:00
Russia calls on the international community to demand that Ukrainian authorities stop civil war in the crisis-hit country, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said Monday.

Head of National Bank Says Ukraine to Pay Off Debt on Time
2014-04-14 01:28:16
Ukraine has always been punctual about debt repayment, Stepan Kubiv the head of Ukraine's National Bank told reporters on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) spring sessions in Washington.

Russia?s UN Envoy Says Ukraine Crisis Talks Could Fail Over Southeast Crackdown
2014-04-14 01:16:00
Russia?s ambassador to United Nations Vitaly Churkin warned the Kiev government at an ad hoc UN session Monday that the upcoming crisis talks between Ukraine, Russia, US and EU could fail if the regime cracked down on protesters in the country?s southeast.

WRAPUP: Special Forces, Right Sector Besiege Rebellious Slaviansk
2014-04-13 10:15:00
Special forces loyal to government and armed men from the radical Right Sector movement launched an operation Sunday to suppress pro-federalization protesters in the east Ukrainian town of Slaviansk.

CIA?s Harsh Interrogation Techniques Beyond Legal ? US Senate Report
2014-04-11 09:56:00
The CIA?s enhanced interrogation program was not approved by the US Justice Department and impeded White House investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in the summary of a new report obtained Thursday by the McClatchy news agency.

Putin Tells US Leaders ?Not Nice to Read Others' Mail?
2014-04-11 09:51:34
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Washington?s reaction to his letter to European leaders on Ukraine strange, adding ?it?s not nice to read others? mail.?

OPINION: Guns On Board Airliners Threaten Passenger Safety
2014-04-11 09:43:00
Guns on board airliners jeopardize the safety of passengers as they could cause an accidental depressurization of the aircraft, the vice president of the Russian civil aviation union told RIA Novosti.

Russia Opposes Peacekeepers in Ukraine ? Russian Foreign Minister
2014-04-11 09:24:55
Russia considers bringing peacekeepers into Ukraine an unnecessary measure that should not be brought up in the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

OPINION: Ambiguity of ?Mercenary? Label Is Politically Expedient
2014-04-11 09:13:10
Defining someone as a ?mercenary? has become a tool of political will and expediency, as the definition is ambiguous, Matt Potter, a British journalist told RIA Novosti.

Lavrov Denies Russian Role in East Ukraine Unrest
2014-04-11 09:10:56
Russia has not been involved in recent protests in southeastern Ukraine and always respects its neighbor?s territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Russia Files Case With Interpol on Ukraine?s Right Sector Leader Yarosh
2014-04-11 09:08:57
The Russian Prosecutor General?s Office has sent case materials to Interpol on the leader of Ukraine?s radical Right Sector movement, Dmytro Yarosh, Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika said Friday.

US Senator Says Arming Airline Pilots Necessary to Prevent Terrorist Attacks
2014-04-11 08:58:00
Arming US airline pilots is the most cost-effective way of preventing terrorist attacks, US Senator Rand Paul said in an interview with Fox News.

China, Europe Seek Greater Cooperation with Russia on Space Projects
2014-04-11 08:41:00
As Russia and China are coordinating on major future research projects in space, European countries have also expressed a desire to expand joint cosmic efforts with Moscow, a senior Russian space official said Friday.

Japan to Reactivate Nuclear Energy Program
2014-04-11 08:26:08
The government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a new energy policy Friday providing for the reactivation of idled nuclear power plants, reversing an earlier plan to shutter the country's 48 reactors by 2030.

Russian Gas Deliveries to Europe via Ukraine Stable ? EU
2014-04-11 08:10:05
The delivery of Russian natural gas to the European Union via Ukraine is stable at present and the European Commission expects Russia to fulfill its obligations in the future, a spokesperson for the commission said Friday.

OPINION: EU, US Would Not Be Patient With Ukraine on Gas Issue
2014-04-11 08:00:49
US and EU energy companies would not tolerate the delays in payment by Ukraine that Russia has faced, an economist at the London Vanguard investment firm told the Voice of Russia radio station Friday.

Russia Doubts Results in Multilateral Gas Talks ? Putin?s Spokesman
2014-04-11 07:35:05
Moscow doubts the results of discussing gas cooperation with Kiev during the upcoming multilateral talks, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

NASA Continues Cooperation with Russian Space Agency
2014-04-11 06:27:25
NASA is continuing administrative talks with the Russian space agency Roscosmos as Washington?s position on cooperation in space with Moscow has softened, the deputy head of Roscosmos said Friday.

EU Unlikely to Broaden Sanctions Against Russia ? Source
2014-04-11 06:17:02
The EU is unlikely to broaden sanctions against Russia at an upcoming meeting of foreign ministers as the European Commission has yet to decide on appropriate measures, an EU representative told RIA Novosti on Friday.

Anti-Russian Incitement Threatens European Stability ? Lavrov
2014-04-11 06:08:07
Anti-Russian incitement and growing racism and xenophobia in many countries in the European Union is dangerous for European stability, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

EU May Respond to Putin?s Letter at Geneva Meeting
2014-04-11 06:01:42
European countries could draft a common response to the letter sent Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine?s gas debt before next week?s four-party talks on the crisis in Ukraine, an EU representative said Friday.

Russian Finance Minister Concerned With Impasse in US FATCA Negotiations
2014-04-11 05:52:44
Russia is concerned with the lack of progress on the preparation of an intergovernmental agreement under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as the legislation deadline approaches, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Friday.

Latvian Foreign Minister Opposes Ban on Russian Cultural Figures
2014-04-11 05:44:29
The foreign minister of Latvia on Friday came out against calls by local politicians to ban Russian cultural representatives from traveling to the country.

Russian Education Ministry to Inquire About US Ban on Russian Physicists
2014-04-11 05:34:44
The Russian Ministry of Education will appeal to its US colleagues for clarification about a reported working ban on Russian physicists at US national labs, the ministry told RIA Novosti on Friday.

Ukraine Plans to Contest Russian Gas Contracts in Stockholm Court
2014-04-11 04:53:12
Ukraine is preparing to file a case in a Stockholm court on the country?s gas contracts with Russia, Ukrainian Minister of Energy and the Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan said Friday.

Russia Does Not Acknowledge US Sanctions Against Iran ? Russian Finance Minister
2014-04-11 04:43:36
Russia only recognizes UN Security Council sanctions against Iran, not the United States? own ?Oil for Goods? deal, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said after a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday.

NASA to Encourage US Scientists to Attend Space Conference in Moscow
2014-04-11 04:39:07
NASA will encourage the participation of US scientists at an upcoming international space research conference this summer in Moscow, despite recently curbing cooperation with Russia, according to a letter published by the group organizing the meeting.

Ukrainians Top Asylum Requests in Russia
2014-04-11 04:16:24
Ukrainians file the most requests for asylum in Russia of all nationalities, a senior Russian migration official told RIA Novosti on Friday.

De-Escalation of Ukrainian Crisis Completely Possible ? Lavrov
2014-04-11 04:03:09
The de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine is completely possible, but attempts to legitimize the country?s new leadership must stop first, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

US, French Warships Have Entered Black Sea ? Report
2014-04-11 03:28:46
The US guided-missile destroyer Donald Cook and French intelligence warship Dupuy de Lôme have entered the Black Sea, the Turkish newspaper Sabah reported Friday.

US Health Secretary Resigns After Rocky Obamacare Rollout
2014-04-11 03:24:32
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the launch of President Obama?s controversial Affordable Care Act, announced her resignation Friday.

US Energy Department Restricts Scientific Cooperation with Russia
2014-04-11 03:12:00
The US Department of Energy has banned American scientists working for the agency from traveling to Russia as well as blocking access for Russian scientists to its major physics research centers, the Russian Kommersant newspaper reported Friday.

Russia Ready to Work with IMF, EU on Ukraine Gas Debt
2014-04-11 02:53:46
Russia is concerned about the growth of Ukraine's gas debt, but intends to help support the country financially together with the IMF and EU, the Russian finance minister said Friday after a meeting with his American counterpart.

State Department Again Denies Presence of US Mercenaries in Ukraine
2014-04-11 02:32:00
Claims that a private US security company has sent mercenaries to Ukraine are untrue, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has said.

US Rights Watchdog Sues FBI for Transparency in Todashev Case
2014-04-11 01:52:04
The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit against the FBI and the US Attorney?s office to obtain documents on the Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, involved in the Boston Marathon bombing inquiry.

OPINION: G7 in Decline, Confrontation With Russia Will Lead to Economic Problems
2014-04-11 01:39:54
Russia?s exclusion from the G8 is a knee-jerk reaction provoked by short-sighted interests, which will ultimately lead to economic problems, according to Andrew McKillop, a former chief policy analyst at the European Commission Directorate General for Energy.

G7 Finance Ministers Discussed Ukraine?s Financial Situation
2014-04-11 01:21:48
Finance Ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven (G7) discussed Thursday the possibility of providing financial aid to Ukraine, Reuters reports, citing a G7 statement.

Putin Warns of Ukrainian Default, Urges Talks
2014-04-10 10:42:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter to leaders of 18 states, in which he says that unbalanced trade with EU members has brought Ukraine to the brink of economic collapse and calls for urgent ministerial meetings on the issue.

Putin Says Further Violations by Ukraine Will Compel Russia to Cut Off Gas
2014-04-10 09:47:39
Russian energy giant Gazprom will be compelled to switch over to prepaid gas deliveries to Ukraine or completely cut off natural gas supplies, should the country further violate its terms of payment, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote Thursday in an open letter to 18 European leaders.

Putin Calls on Europe for Urgent Talks on Ukraine?s Economy, Russian Gas
2014-04-10 09:45:44
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on European leaders to hold high-level talks to stabilize Ukraine?s economy in a letter sent to 18 heads of state on Thursday.

Ukraine Steadfastly Heading Toward Default ? Putin
2014-04-10 09:42:51
In a letter to European leaders revealed on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin painted a bleak picture of Ukraine?s economy, saying the country is ?steadfastly heading toward default? because of its unbalanced trade with Europe.

OPINION: Tymoshenko Victory in Presidential Election Will Lead Ukraine to Ruin
2014-04-10 09:21:29
Ukraine will enter a long period of chaos if former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko or oligarch Petr Poroshenko win the upcoming extraordinary presidential election, Oleg Tsarev, a member of Ukraine?s parliament and presidential candidate, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

OPINION: Federalization Could Save Ukraine from Splitting
2014-04-10 08:20:22
The creation of a Ukrainian Federation could help the country preserve its current borders, Oleg Tsarov, a Ukrainian member of parliament and presidential candidate, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

OPINION: Ukraine?s Ban on Entry for Russian Journalists Violates Free Speech
2014-04-10 07:58:05
A de-facto ban on the entry of Russian journalists into Ukraine violates free speech and the country's constitution, Oleg Tsarov, a member of Ukraine?s parliament and a presidential candidate, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

OPINION: Spain Toes US-Led Propaganda Line on Crimea And Catalonia
2014-04-10 07:46:47
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy toed the US-led propaganda line on Crimea and supporting the fascist regime in Kiev, while denying Catalans their right to self-determination, Daniel Estulin, an author and public speaker, told RIA Novosti.

OPINION: Ebola Fatality Rates in West Africa Overestimated ? Russian Scientist
2014-04-10 07:37:00
The official mortality rate of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly overestimated as it only takes into account hospital cases, Vladimir Nikiforov, the chief infection disease specialist of the Russian Federal Medical and Biological Agency told RIA Novosti Thursday.

PACE Excludes Russia From Assembly's Administration For 2014
2014-04-10 07:34:06
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Thursday voted to exclude Russia from the Assembly?s managerial bodies through the end of the year.

ANALYSIS: Journalist Federation Will Urge Kiev to Lift Ban On Russian Reporters
2014-04-10 07:21:22
The International Federation of Journalists has assured RIA Novosti that Ukraine?s discrimination against Russian journalists will be addressed and brought to the attention of authorities in Kiev.

OPINION: US Seeks Excuse in Blaming Russia for Boston Bombing
2014-04-10 07:13:47
A new US government report on the Boston Marathon terrorist attack blaming Russia for withholding vital information on the bomber is an attempt to excuse the poor performance of American law enforcement agencies, experts told RIA Novosti.

Eurasian Economic Union Treaty to Be Signed in May ? Russian Official
2014-04-10 06:59:46
The treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Union will be signed by the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in May, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Thursday.

Catalonia to Continue Press For Independence Referendum
2014-04-10 06:21:05
Catalonia's president has vowed that he will not give up on holding an independence referendum despite the Spanish parliament recently voting against the possibility.

Ukraine?s Ultra-Nationalist Right Sector Launches Mobile App to Organize Tactics
2014-04-10 06:17:20
Right Sector, a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist movement and illegally armed militia, now has a smartphone application which allows it to organize its tactics, according to the Vocativ news website.

US, French Warships Enroute to Black Sea Pass Dardanelles
2014-04-10 06:13:42
The US guided-missile destroyer Donald Cook and French intelligence warship Dupuy de Lôme entered the Sea of Marmara on Thursday on their way to the Black Sea, the Turkish newspaper Jum Hurriyet reported.

Ukraine Promises Protesters Who Surrender Weapons Won't Be Prosecuted
2014-04-10 05:58:00
Ukrainian authorities will not prosecute the protesters occupying government buildings in eastern regions of the country if they lay down their weapons, interim Ukrainian President Olexander Turchinov said Thursday.

Russian Official Says Further Sanctions Will Not Impact Moscow?s Policies
2014-04-10 05:38:25
The threat of sanctions against Russia will not change Moscow?s policies, no matter what measures the United States, Germany, or other Western countries have in mind, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Thursday.

OSCE Official Sees Risk to Other Projects by Focusing on Ukraine
2014-04-10 05:18:02
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe could risk jeopardizing other important projects by focusing on the situation in Ukraine, the head of the OSCE monitoring mission to the crisis-hit country said Thursday.

Russian PACE Delegation Will Not Attend Debate on Its Credentials ? Source
2014-04-10 05:00:29
Russia?s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will abstain from Thursday?s debate on the country's status in the assembly over European objections to the reunification of Crimea with Russia, a source in the delegation told RIA Novosti.

US Mercenaries and Right Sector Fighters Move Into Donetsk ? Militia Leader
2014-04-10 04:10:53
A ragtag band of US mercenaries, Ukrainian National Guard soldiers, and fighters from the radical Right Sector movement have arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk to raid a building occupied by anti-government protestors, a leader of a local militia group told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

NATO Double Standard Undermines Ukraine's Stability ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-10 03:49:29
Recent statements by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the situation in Ukraine as well as the alliance?s double standard on Crimea have hindered a de-escalation of tensions in the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Russia?s Rosatom Urges Ukraine Not to Politicize Nuclear Fuel Supplies
2014-04-10 03:29:00
Political decisions should not dictate a switch from Russian to American nuclear fuel at Ukrainian power plants as the safe operation of the facilities is at stake, the head of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said Thursday.

Russian, Ukrainian Parliamentarians to Meet Friday
2014-04-10 03:18:16
Members of the Russian and Ukrainian parliaments plan to meet in Vienna on the sidelines of Friday?s session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a source in Russia?s lower house of parliament told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Russia, Ukraine Share Heritage of Courage and Valor in WWII Battle Against Fascism ? Putin
2014-04-10 03:07:23
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated World War II veterans and citizens of the Ukrainian city of Odessa on Thursday, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city from fascist occupation, stressing the common goal of the two countries in honoring the memory of the war.

Human Rights Watch Condemns Florida for Prosecuting Children as Adults
2014-04-10 02:56:08
The rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch published a report Thursday slamming the US state of Florida for practices leading to the prosecution of hundreds of children as adults even for low-level offences.

Teenager Injures 22 in Mass Stabbing at US High School
2014-04-10 02:46:45
At least 22 people were injured in a mass stabbing at a high school in the US state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday morning, according to media reports.

US Blames Russia for Concealing Details on Boston Bombing Suspect ? Report
2014-04-10 02:42:52
A new US government report largely exonerates the FBI for its failure in thwarting the deadly bombing at the Boston marathon last year, instead laying the blame on Russian law enforcement agencies, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Israel Launches New Surveillance Satellite
2014-04-10 01:23:00
Israel has launched a new Ofek 10 satellite to enhance its space surveillance capabilities, Jerusalem Post reported Thursday citing a statement by Israeli Defense Ministry.

INTERVIEW: NATO ?Anachronistic Nightmare? and Should Be Disbanded ? US Politician
2014-04-09 10:31:00
In an interview with RIA Novosti, veteran US politician Dennis John Kucinich ? who twice ran for president and served in the US Congress for 16 years ? shared his vision of the role that NATO and its member states play in political crises of global significance, including the ongoing unrest in Ukraine and the civil war in Syria.

South Stream Pipeline More Urgent Amid Ukraine Crisis ? Russian Ambassador to EU
2014-04-09 09:20:50
The South Stream gas pipeline project, currently under development, has become more urgent amid Ukrainian warnings that Russian gas flows to Europe could be halted, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Russia Continues Economic Aid to Ukraine Despite Illegitimate Govt. ? Putin
2014-04-09 09:10:06
Russia does not recognize the legitimacy of Ukraine?s new authorities but continues its economic assistance to its crisis-hit neighbor, a situation that will not last forever, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Medvedev Says Russia Could Switch to Gas Prepayment for Ukraine
2014-04-09 08:59:03
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday Russia could switch to a prepayment scheme for gas deliveries to Ukraine following the failure of the country to pay for imported gas.

Russian Finance Ministry Hopes Ukraine Fulfills All Debt Obligations
2014-04-09 08:45:18
Russia hopes Ukraine will fulfill all of its debt obligations, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Wednesday during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on economic cooperation with Ukraine.

European Commission to Set Up Ukraine Support Group ? EC President
2014-04-09 08:42:32
The European Commission has decided to create a special support group for crisis-hit Ukraine, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday.

Broadcasting of Voice of America in Russia Stopped Due to Contract Expiration
2014-04-09 08:37:45
Broadcasting of the Voice of America radio station in Russia has been stopped due to the expiration of its contract to operate in the country, Dmitry Kiselev, the head of the Rossiya Segodnya news agency, said on Wednesday.

Banning Journalists Improper for a Democracy - Ukrainian Parliament Member
2014-04-09 07:35:01
The actions of the Ukrainian border police in prohibiting entry to Russian journalists is a poor example of democracy, a member of the country?s parliament told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

OPINION: US Was Being Set Up to Attack Syria in Chemical Weapons Crisis
2014-04-09 07:29:23
The US was being set up by unknown forces to attack Syria during last year's international crisis over the use of chemical weapons in the country, Dennis John Kucinich, a former US Representative from Ohio, told RIA Novosti.

OPINION: US Warships in Black Sea Likely Delivering Arms to Ukraine
2014-04-09 07:18:23
American warships in the Black Sea are likely delivering armaments for the rusting Ukrainian military, according to Vadim Kozyulin, a senior research fellow at the Russian Center for Policy Studies.

Russia Asks Cambodia to Extradite Fugitive Tycoon
2014-04-09 07:04:00
The Russian Interior Ministry announced Wednesday it had submitted a new request on the extradition of fugitive Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky from Cambodia.

OPINION: US Navy Destroyer Sent to Black Sea as Psychological Pressure ? Russian Military
2014-04-09 06:54:00
The US Navy?s deployment of the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook to the Black Sea is not a threat to Russian security, but rather an element of psychological pressure, a Russian military source told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Virtual Reverse Gas Flow to Ukraine Requires No Russian Permission ? Slovakia?s Eustream
2014-04-09 05:53:58
Reversing gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine would not require the permission of Russian gas giant Gazprom if it is virtual, not physical, the spokesman of the Slovak gas transmission operator Eustream told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

OPINION: US Mercenaries Could Start All-Out War In Ukraine for Profit
2014-04-09 05:40:15
The deployment of foreign private security firms in Ukraine is unacceptable as they increase the risk of an outbreak of civil war, Dennis John Kucinich, a former US Representative from Ohio and a two-time presidential candidate, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

OPINION: Events in Ukraine Triggered by Attack on Rights of Russian Speakers
2014-04-09 05:35:27
Recent protests in eastern Ukraine were triggered by Kiev?s attempt to violate the linguistic rights of Russian speakers, Dennis John Kucinich, a former US Representative from Ohio and a two-time presidential candidate, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Netanyahu Orders Halt to Israeli Contacts with Palestinian Officials
2014-04-09 05:24:57
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed government ministers to refrain from meeting with their Palestinian counterparts amid a breakdown of peace talks, an Israeli government source said Wednesday.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa to Last for Months ? World Health Organization
2014-04-09 05:19:00
The deadly Ebola virus on the rampage in West Africa, with epicenters in Guinea and Liberia, is one of the most daunting outbreaks the World Health Organization (WHO) has ever faced, WHO?s Assistant Director-General said during a press briefing.

NATO Stirring Conflict in Ukraine to Justify its Existence
2014-04-09 05:03:22
The escalation of the crisis in Ukraine and the deterioration of Russian-American relations resulted from NATO?s efforts to justify its own existence, Dennis John Kucinich, a former US Representative from Ohio and a two-time presidential candidate, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

No Buildup of Russian Troops on Ukrainian Border ? Foreign Ministry
2014-04-09 04:43:00
Russia is not conducting any unusual or unplanned military activities near its border with Ukraine, the country?s foreign ministry said Wednesday, adding that attempts to accuse Moscow of building up troops in the region are unfounded.

Another Russian Journalist Denied Entry to Ukraine
2014-04-09 04:35:31
The editor-in-chief of the Russian Pioneer magazine and a special correspondent for the Kommersant newspaper told RIA Novosti Wendesday he had been denied entry to Ukraine, the latest of a series of Russian journalists barred from the country.

Ukraine to End Unrest in East Through Dialogue or Force ? Interior Minister
2014-04-09 04:03:47
The situation in eastern Ukraine, where federalization supporters have been holding protests since Sunday, will soon be resolved either through dialogue with the demonstrators or by force, acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told journalists on Wednesday.

Experts Uncover Serious Risk to Global Internet Data From ?Heartbleed' Bug
2014-04-09 03:32:15
A serious problem with an encryption technology used to securely transmit much of the Internet?s traffic has been independently discovered by researchers at Finnish Codenomicon and Google.

Artists Humanize Civilian Deaths in US Drone Kill Zone in Pakistan
2014-04-09 03:25:28
A group of artists has installed a gigantic portrait of a child in Pakistan?s Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province, frequently subject to American drone attacks, in a bid to raise awareness of civilian casualties from the strikes.

Nigerian Army Accused of Slaughtering Muslims in Name of ?Counter-Terrorism?
2014-04-09 02:59:27
The Nigerian military is murdering innocent Muslims under the guise of a campaign against terrorism, the leading Nigerian Islamic group Jama?atul Nasril Islam (JNI) has said in a statement.

ANALYSIS: Quebec Independence to Remain Hot-Button Issue
2014-04-09 02:48:28
The prospect of an independence referendum for Quebec, which recently hurt Parti Quebecois (PQ) in the polls, will not disappear anytime soon as about a third of Quebecers strongly support independence for the Canadian region, The Globe?s chief correspondent told RIA Novosti Monday.

Fukushima Operator Begins Pumping out Radioactive Groundwater
2014-04-09 02:27:00
Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has begun pumping out groundwater from the Fukushima nuclear plant to prevent further radiocative leaks, media reported Wednesday.

Spanish Parliament Votes Down Catalonia's Independence Bid
2014-04-09 02:23:50
Spanish lawmakers have rejected a request by Catalonia's regional assembly seeking permission to hold a referendum on independence from Spain.

Second US Navy Destroyer to Arrive in Black Sea by Thursday
2014-04-09 02:07:00
A US Navy destroyer will arrive in the Black Sea by Thursday, CNN reported early Wednesday citing Pentagon sources.

EU Mulls Widening Russia Blacklist Adding Journalists, Law Enforcement
2014-04-09 01:58:00
The European Union could add more Russian journalists and law enforcement officers to a list of people targeted by sanctions, bringing to 107 the number of figures sanctioned by the bloc, the Kommersant business daily said Wednesday, citing sources in Brussels.

US Marine Guarding Military Base Shoots Colleague
2014-04-09 01:47:54
A US marine guarding the main gate of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has shot and killed a colleague by discharging an M4 assault rifle, the Daily News website reported Wednesday.

OPINION: HRW New Video Says Guantanamo Detainees Must Have Same Rights as Others
2014-04-09 01:22:00
Human Rights Watch released a video showing the suffrage of Guantanamo detainees? families to raise awareness among the general public and make people recognize that the prisoners should have the same rights as anyone else on the globe, HRW counsel told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

RIA Novosti Journalist Denied Entry to Ukraine
2014-04-08 10:07:28
Ukrainian border guards blocked RIA Novosti correspondent Andrei Malyshkin from entering the country on Tuesday, the journalist reported.

OPINION: Russia to Benefit From US Suspension of Nuclear Cooperation Program
2014-04-08 09:52:43
Washington?s decision to end cooperation with Moscow on dismantling weapons of mass destruction due to the crisis in Ukraine will free up Russia for a military partnership with China, a Russian defense expert has said.

FACTBOX: Catalonia?s Struggle for Independence
2014-04-08 09:39:31
The independence process in Catalonia will take another step forward on Tuesday when the Spanish Parliament will decide on whether the region should be allowed to hold a referendum.

Snowden Tells Council of Europe Global Community Must Stop Mass Surveillance
2014-04-08 09:29:05
The global community must develop new norms of action to challenge mass surveillance, US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden said Tuesday before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's session in Strasbourg via a video-link from Moscow.

European Court of Justice Shreds EU Data Retention Program
2014-04-08 09:23:44
The Court of Justice of the European Union halted an EU program on retaining user internet data on Monday, citing privacy and human rights concerns, the court said in a statement.

European Official Slams Violence Against Journalists in Ukraine
2014-04-08 09:05:50
An official for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe expressed concerns Tuesday about reported violence against journalists in eastern Ukraine.

Space Station Cooperation With NASA to Continue ? Russian Official
2014-04-08 08:46:06
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has no plans to suspend cooperation with NASA on the International Space Station (ISS), the agency?s deputy head said Tuesday.

Ukraine Says Russian Gas Transit to Europe Under Threat
2014-04-08 08:19:36
Russia?s set price on gas for Ukraine is unfairly high and is creating a threat of transiting Russian gas to Europe, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said Tuesday.

Talks Underway to Free Donetsk Administration Building in Ukraine
2014-04-08 08:09:44
Ukrainian law enforcement agents continued talks with protesters occupying several government buildings in the eastern city of Donetsk on Tuesday, officials said.

Russia Ready for Ukraine Talks with US, EU ? Lavrov
2014-04-08 07:49:05
Moscow is prepared to consider multilateral negotiations on the situation in Ukraine involving the US and EU, but a date has not yet been agreed on for the talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Spanish Parliament to Vote on Catalonia?s Independence Bid
2014-04-08 07:18:06
Spanish lawmakers are set to debate a request on Tuesday by Catalonia's regional assembly to hold a referendum on independence from Spain.

OPINION: Hopes for Federalization Dwindle as Kiev Fails to Unite People
2014-04-08 07:14:03
The new regime in Kiev is failing to unite the people of Ukraine amid a desperate need for orderly federalization, a German government consultant told the Voice of Russia radio station Tuesday.

NATO Chief Voices Concerns About Events in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-08 06:20:00
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen voiced grave concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine during a conference of the Atlantic alliance in Paris on Tuesday.

Kiev Says US Special Forces Not Part of Protest Crackdown in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-08 06:08:31
A senior official in the Ukrainian presidential administration said Tuesday that neither radical militants from the Right Sector movement nor US special forces participated in an operation earlier in the day against protestors in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

RIA Novosti Reporter Barred from Kharkiv Administration Building in Ukraine
2014-04-08 05:58:09
A RIA Novosti journalist was denied access Tuesday to the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city Kharkiv, which had earlier been cleared of ?separatist? protestors by special forces.

Ukraine Stiffens Penalties for Separatism
2014-04-08 05:12:08
The Ukrainian Parliament passed a law Tuesday increasing penalties for separatism to up to 15 years in prison and allowing the confiscation of property belonging to those convicted of the crime.

OPINION: US Meddling with Ukraine?s Internal Affairs by Dispatching Mercenaries to Southern Regions
2014-04-08 04:56:01
The deployment of mercenaries by the US-based private company Greystone to southern regions in Ukraine is a continuation of Washington?s interference in Ukraine?s internal affairs, Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the Russian National Defense magazine told RIA Novosti.

USAID Chief Faces Questioning Over ?Cuban Twitter?
2014-04-08 04:47:07
The head of the United States Agency for International Development Rajiv Shah will be questioned over the ZunZuneo program widely known as the ?Cuban Twitter,? the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Council of Europe Parliament Concerned About Ukraine?s Use of Weapons Against Protestors
2014-04-08 04:34:00
A draft resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe strongly condemns the Ukrainian authorities? use of snipers and firearms against protests in the country?s capital in February known as Euromaidan, according to the document, which was obtained by RIA Novosti.

Protestors Gather in Front of Regional Administration in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-08 04:18:40
About a hundred supporters of Ukrainian federalization have gathered for a spontaneous rally in front of the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday.

Council of Europe Parliament Members Oppose Russia?s Withdrawal ? Russian Official
2014-04-08 04:05:13
The first day of the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) ended on a positive note for Russia, as several European members spoke out against the country's expulsion from the organization, the chief Russian delegate to PACE said Tuesday.

ANALYSIS: CIA Hoped Distribution of Doctor Zhivago Would Corrode Soviet Power
2014-04-08 04:02:42
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) attempted to plant seeds of doubt among Soviet citizens by printing and distributing Boris Pasternak?s novel ?Doctor Zhivago,? which was banned in the USSR during the Cold War, according to Peter Finn, who recently obtained internal CIA memos on the matter.

US to Curtail Cooperation with Russia Under Disarmament Agreement
2014-04-08 03:36:28
The United States is planning to suspend cooperation with Russia on a decades-old program providing for the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction due to its objections over the crisis in Ukraine, the Moscow-based Kommersant newspaper reported Tuesday, citing a senior US official.

Human Rights Watch Urges Obama to Expedite Repatriation of Guantanamo?s Yemenis
2014-04-08 02:53:40
The US should act to speed up the return of 56 Yemeni prisoners cleared for release from the Guantanamo detention center, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in an open letter to US President Barack Obama.

OPINION: $6 Bln Vanished from US State Department Due to Corruption ? Expert
2014-04-08 02:46:28
The US State Department lost some $6 billion over the past six years due to corruption, Scott Rickard, a former US intelligence linguist, told RIA Novosti, ruling out any possibility of human or financial error.

Canada's Parti Quebecois Leader Resigns After Major Electoral Defeat
2014-04-08 02:43:00
Pauline Marois declared her resignation as the leader of Parti Quebecois (PQ) after the Liberal Party won Quebec's legislative elections Monday, CTV channel reported Tuesday.

Special Forces Blockade Regional Administration Building in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-08 01:59:14
Special forces armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles have blocked the entrance to the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city Kharkiv, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday.

Venezuelan President Agrees to Negotiate with Opposition
2014-04-08 01:51:00
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accepted a proposal by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to meet for talks with representatives of the country's opposition in a bid to foster dialogue on the future of the country, Venezuela?s Globovision TV channel reported Monday.

Police Has No Plans to Storm Donetsk Regional Administration Building
2014-04-08 01:34:00
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said Tuesday the country's police will not storm the building of the regional administration in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, seized by protesters since the weekend, the UNIAN news agency has reported.

Major Operation against Protesters Underway in Kharkiv
2014-04-08 01:25:00
Major operation began in Ukraine?s Kharkiv, the city center is currently blocked, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Tuesday.

Lavrov Urges NATO to Stop 'Groundless Whipping-Up of Tension'
2014-04-07 13:30:00
NATO should stop its belligerent rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine and return to normal cooperation with Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an article published on Monday.

Turbulence in Ukraine
2014-04-07 11:30:00

Russian Lawmakers Mull Trip to Ukraine?s Donetsk Basin
2014-04-07 10:06:03
Russian lawmakers are considering sending a delegation to the Donetsk Basin in eastern Ukraine amid a wave of protests in the region against the country's coup-imposed nationalist leadership, the head of Russia's lower house committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States told RIA Novosti Monday.

OPINION: Prospects for US Gas In Europe Unclear Due to Lack of Export Facilities
2014-04-07 09:44:40
The prospect of importing American gas to Ukraine and Europe remains unclear as the US has no available export facilities, believes Ildar Davletshin, Renaissance Capital's leading oil and gas analyst.

Ukraine?s Interim Leader Vows Tougher Anti-Separatism Measures Amid Dissent in East
2014-04-07 09:36:00
Ukraine?s interim president vowed to introduce tough ?anti-separatism measures? Monday in response to rallies over the weekend for greater autonomy in the country?s mainly Russian-speaking eastern and southern regions.

OPINION: US Using WTO, Dollar Payments System to Control Russia and NATO
2014-04-07 09:21:00
Washington is using the World Trade Organization (WTO) and international dollar-denominated financial systems to control Russia and its NATO allies, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts wrote on his personal website Sunday.

Russia, US Complete Warheads-for-Fuel Program
2014-04-07 09:12:00
The United States has completed payments under a historic agreement providing for the import of Russian highly-enriched uranium for electricity production, Russia?s state-owned uranium producer and trader Techsnabexport said Monday.

Eastern Ukraine?s Donetsk is Different From Crimea ? Russian Lawmaker
2014-04-07 08:16:26
The situation in eastern Ukraine?s Donetsk Region requires individual examination and is not identical to the Crimean scenario, the deputy chairman of Russia's upper house of parliament told RIA Novosti on Monday.

OPINION: Violent Crackdown on Ukrainian Protesters Would End in Civil War
2014-04-07 07:49:00
The violent suppression of anti-government demonstrations in eastern Ukraine would lead to a full-scale civil war, the president of the Center of System-based Analysis and Forecasting told RIA Novosti on Monday.

United States Runs Entire World Through Global Spying ? Assange
2014-04-07 07:04:55
Russia?s actions in Crimea are child's play compared to what the United States has done under its program of global surveillance, according to WikiLeaks founder and noted whistleblower Julian Assange.

OPINION: Venetians Seek Right of Self-Determination to Create New Free Country in Europe
2014-04-07 06:39:26
Venice?s self-determination movement seeks to create a new free and sovereign country in Europe, Alessio Morosin, a founding member and leader of the Indipendenza Veneta movement told RIA Novosti.

Palestinian Envoy Calls on Russia and EU to Help Settle Israeli-Palestinian Relations
2014-04-07 05:55:02
Palestine?s ambassador to Russia proposed Monday to revise the format of negotiations with Israel by returning focus to the international ?quartet? of intermediaries, as part of an effort to boost the involvement of Russia and the EU in the peace process.

Donetsk People?s Council Set to Hold Referendum to Join Russia May 11
2014-04-07 05:36:23
Donetsk region People?s Council established by local pro-federalization demonstrators on Monday declared its plans to create the republic of Donetsk and join Russia if people so vote during the referendum which is due to take place no later than May 11, RIA Novosti correspondent reported Monday.

National Bank Rejects Reports of Branch Seizure in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-07 05:33:00
The National Bank of Ukraine denied reports on Monday that its branch in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk was seized by demonstrators demanding greater regional autonomy, the UNIAN news agency reported Monday.

OPINION: Demographics Transformed Afghanistan Into Democratic State
2014-04-07 05:08:45
Demographics have played a huge role in the transformation of Afghanistan into a member of the democratic states of the world, according to Shuja Nawaz, the director of the Atlantic Council?s South Asia Center.

EU Could Lose 1 Trillion Euros From Further Sanctions Against Moscow ? Russian Official
2014-04-07 04:48:38
EU financial losses if broad economic sanctions are imposed against Russia could reach a trillion euros, according to Sergei Glazyev, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Supporters of Federalization Storm Government Buildings in Eastern Ukraine
2014-04-07 04:35:42
A group of protesters pushing for broader regional autonomy in Ukraine stormed government buildings in three eastern cities late on Sunday, local media reports said, citing eyewitnesses.

Anonymous Stages Massive Cyber-Attack on Israel
2014-04-07 04:05:29
A group of anti-Israel hackers, calling themselves ?Anonymous Operation Israel,? attacked hundreds of Israeli government websites Monday in protest of the country?s policies.

OPINION: Afghanistan Deserves Praise for Successful Presidential Elections
2014-04-07 03:56:57
Afghanistan?s presidential elections on Saturday were successful even though there was no independent monitoring of voting outside major cities and towns, Brian Cloughley, the former Australian defense attache to Islamabad, told RIA Novosti on Monday.

Council of Europe?s Parliament to Reconsider Russian Delegation's Credentials Over Crimea
2014-04-07 03:45:44
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will debate a resolution on the Russian delegation?s credentials on Thursday, according to Alexei Pushkov, the delegation?s head.

Russia Hopes to Retain Voting Rights in Council of Europe's Parliament
2014-04-07 03:24:54
Russia?s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) hopes that it will not be completely stripped of its powers in the assembly, said Leonid Slutsky, a member of the Russian delegation.

Council of Europe's Parliament Members Only Pursue Own Interests ? Russian Official
2014-04-07 03:09:51
The effectiveness of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is undermined by the fact that members only work to serve their own interests and those of the US State Department, Russian lawmaker Ruslan Gattarov told RIA Novosti on Monday.

CIA Used Doctor Zhivago as Cold War Weapon to Undermine USSR
2014-04-07 02:23:31
US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was directly involved in publishing and distributing Boris Pasternak?s Doctor Zhivago novel which was banned in USSR during the Cold War, according to newly declassified CIA documents published by the Washington Post Sunday.

US State Department to Draw Conclusions from Reported $6 Bln Loss
2014-04-07 01:54:28
The US State Department will draw conclusions from a government investigation that has found that more than $6 billion has gone missing in contracts over the past six years, a source in the department told RIA Novosti Monday.

Russia?s Walkout from PACE to Hurt Both Russia and Europe ? Rights Activists
2014-04-07 01:47:46
Russian rights activists say that neither Russia nor Europe will gain if they withdraw from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and insist on maintaining cooperation.

US Can?t Replace Russian Gas in Ukraine - Gazprom
2014-04-07 01:26:48
American gas cannot become an alternative to the Russian fuel in Ukraine for the lack of ?vacant export objects? in the foreseeable future, said Sergey Kupriyanov an official spokesperson for Gazprom in his interview with TV-channel Rossiya 24 Saturday.

Australia Detects Signals Presumably Emitted by Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane
2014-04-07 01:24:06
An Australian navy ship Ocean Shield has picked up signals ?consistent? with Malaysia Airlines flight 370?s flight recorders, Angus Houston, the former Australian defense chief leading international search team, said at a press conference Monday.

US State Department Lost Track of $6 Bln Under Hillary Clinton
2014-04-07 01:20:06
The US State Department has misplaced and lost some $6 billion over the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a released Inspector General report, cited by FOX News.

Thousands of Ukrainian Soldiers in Crimea Apply For Russian Citizenship
2014-04-04 13:50:38
Most Ukrainian soldiers on service in Crimea voiced their wish to join the Russian Armed Forces and they were granted this opportunity, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.

ANALYSIS: Taliban Prevents Afghans From Exercising Right To Vote ? Human Rights Watch
2014-04-04 10:01:55
The recent upsurge in violence in Afghanistan is an attempt by the Taliban to prevent the Afghan people from exercising their right to vote in the upcoming presidential election on Saturday, Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher on Afghanistan for Human Rights Watch told RIA Novosti on Friday.

ANALYSIS: NATO Has Acted to Marginalize Russia ? Political Analyst
2014-04-04 09:29:36
Russia is a great power, but it has often been treated disgracefully and marginalized by NATO, believes Claude Moniquet, President of the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center.

Veteran AP Photojournalist Shot Dead in Afghanistan Ahead of Election
2014-04-04 09:10:13
An Afghan gunman shot two journalists working for the Associated Press news agency on Friday, killing one of them and seriously injuring the other, a day before an upcoming presidential election.

OPINION: Russia Should Boost Military Ties With Iran Amid Standoff With West
2014-04-04 08:49:32
Iran may become Moscow's number one choice in Russia's impending search for a new "reliable partner" in global defense and security affairs amid worsening ties with the West, a Russian military expert said on Friday.

Afghan Refugees in Pakistan Barred From Voting in Presidential Election
2014-04-04 08:35:51
Thousands of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan will be excluded from voting in Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday due to logistics issues, the German Deutsche Welle news agency said Friday, citing the Afghan Election Commission.

OPINION: Council of Europe Parliament Softening Stance on Crimean Reunification
2014-04-04 07:43:27
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) seems to be gradually softening its stance toward Crimea's reunification with Russia, the head of the Russian delegation to the assembly told journalists Friday.

OPINION: US Instigating ?Yugoslav Scenario? of Fraternal Genocide in Ukraine
2014-04-04 07:19:52
The US effort to turn Ukraine into a forward area for positioning NATO bases is paving the way for fraternal genocide and ethnic cleansing in the former Soviet state, repeating the Yugoslav scenario, Aijaz Ahmad, a famous Indian philosopher and political expert said in an article in a leading Indian newsmagazine, Frontline.

Russia to Finalize Artic Continental Shelf Claim This Fall
2014-04-04 06:40:18
Russia's claim for an extension of its Arctic continental shelf will be finalized this fall and could be submitted to a UN commission next year, Russian Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Sergey Donskoy said during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

OPINION: Quebec Sovereignty Issue Comes Forward as Election Season in Full Swing
2014-04-04 06:25:07
Quebec's election season, now in full swing, has become increasingly polarized on the issue of a possible referendum on independence from Canada, Pierre Anctil, a professor of Canadian history at the University of Ottawa, told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Kiev Ignored Independent Sniper Case Assessment ? Lavrov
2014-04-04 06:05:01
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukraine's interim authorities Friday of ignoring an independent probe into deadly sniper fire during protests in Kiev, while denying any alleged Russian link to the incident.

Russia Says Georgia?s Caucasus Statement Distorts Reality
2014-04-04 05:54:56
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday criticized a statement by the Georgian Foreign Ministry at talks last week in Geneva, saying the remarks distort the situation in the Caucasus.

INTERVIEW: Afghanistan Readies for Elections Amid Fears of Vote Sabotage ? Afghan Ambassador
2014-04-04 05:39:30
With less than a day remaining until a crucial presidential vote, fears remain that enemies of democracy and stability in Afghanistan may try to derail the election with violence, Azizullah Karzai, Afghanistan's ambassador to Russia, told RIA Novosti Thursday.

OPINION: Separatists Lose Ground Amid Quebec Election Fever
2014-04-04 05:30:29
Quebec's ruling Parti Québécois will lose its bid to form a majority government solely due to its fascination with independence, Dan Delmar, the managing partner of Provocateur Communication, told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Party Opposing Independence for Quebec Leads in Poll Ahead of Election
2014-04-04 04:59:00
Voters in Canada's largely French-speaking Quebec Province are likely to back the Liberal Party over the independence-seeking Parti Quebecois in an upcoming provincial election on Monday, according to a new poll.

McDonald's Suspends Work In Crimea
2014-04-04 03:57:12
The subsidiary of McDonald's operating in Ukraine has temporarily closed its fast food restaurants in Crimea, citing "manufacturing reasons," the company said Thursday.

White House Says ?Cuban Twitter? Not Secret US Plot
2014-04-04 03:25:11
The White House has said a Twitter-like social media service created by the US government for Cubans was a development program, not a covert operation.

OPINION: Ukraine Should Not Seek NATO Membership
2014-04-04 03:09:24
Ukraine should refrain from seeking NATO membership, Jan van Aken, a German lawmaker and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Europe Lacks Realistic Alternative to Russian Energy Supplies ? Analyst
2014-04-04 02:29:22
Russia's natural gas supplies to the European Union have no practical alternative, a senior energy analyst at the Colorado-based IHS company said Thusday.

?We Did Not Tell NASA to Stop Cooperation With Russia? ? US State Department
2014-04-04 02:11:00
The US State Department did not call upon NASA to suspend its contacts with Russia, a US foreign policy spokesperson said Thursday.

French Company Orders 7 Additional Russian Soyuz Rockets
2014-04-04 01:47:10
French space launch company Arianespace has signed a contract with the Russian space agency Roscosmos for the delivery of seven additional Soyuz carrier rockets, the company said Friday.

Russian Government Working on New Iran Oil Deliveries Scheme
2014-04-04 01:25:25
The Russian Cabinet of Ministers is discussing a new scheme for possible Iran oil deliveries via an independent trader, instead of Russia's oil giant Rosneft, the Kommersant business daily said Friday, citing Russian government sources.

German Finance Minister Schauble Denies Comparing Russia with Nazi Germany
2014-04-04 01:21:43
Head of Germany's Finance Ministry Wolfgang Schauble claims he didn't compare Russia with Hilter Germany in light of Crimea issue, Die Welt reported on Friday.

Kiev Looks to Diversify Sources of Nuclear Fuel Supplies
2014-04-03 10:02:27
Ukraine could sign a contract with multinational Westinghouse next week on nuclear fuel deliveries in an effort to diversity its fuel sources, the country's Minister of Energy and the Coal Industry Yuri Prodan said Thursday.

Ukraine Begins Patrols of Border With Russia?s Crimea
2014-04-03 09:39:02
Ukrainian border guards have begun patrolling the country's new boundary with Russia north of Crimea, the Ukrainian Border Service announced Thursday.

Ukraine?s Economy Would Have Collapsed Without Russian Aid ? IMF Chief
2014-04-03 09:27:18
Ukraine's ailing economy would have collapsed without Russia's financial help, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: Russian Walkout of Council of Europe Parliament Won?t Harm Moscow
2014-04-03 09:06:42
Russia will suffer no significant impact if it withdraws from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), experts told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Moscow Diplomat Slams Ukraine's Entry Ban on Reporters
2014-04-03 08:55:46
The refusal to allow Russian journalists into Ukraine shows that Kiev is afraid its brainwashing campaign will come to an end, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday.

ANALYSIS: Venice Activists Seek Independence Citing Huge Fiscal Robbery
2014-04-03 08:48:01
The core arguments for Venetian independence are economic, as the Venice region is subject to a huge fiscal robbery of 20 billion euros ($28 billion) every year paid in taxes to Rome, said Paolo Bernardini, Professor at Insubria University in Como and a supporter of Venetian independence.

Senior Russian Official Blames US for Botched Anti-Missile Talks
2014-04-03 08:29:26
Responsibility lies with the United States for the failed Russia-NATO dialog on the bloc's anti-missile defense shield in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said.

OPINION: US Pullout on Missile Defense Talks Won?t Impact Russia
2014-04-03 08:19:47
The Pentagon's recent talk of suspending anti-missile consultations with Russia is hot air, as the negotiations lost their significance long ago, experts have told RIA Novosti.

Moscow May Respond to Washington?s Actions ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-03 08:02:48
The actions by the United States to curb ties with Russia may force a number of responses by Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday.

Anti-Russia Sanctions to Backfire on Western Economies ? EEC Official
2014-04-03 07:38:00
EU sanctions imposed against Russia will rebound and impact the European economy, the Eurasian Economic Commission's minister of trade said Thursday.

12 Elite Police Officers Suspected of Protest Killings Arrested in Ukraine
2014-04-03 07:20:00
Ukrainian prosecutors have arrested 12 agents from the country's Berkut special forces on suspicion of killing civilians during rallies on Kiev's Independence Square earlier this year, the country's interior minister said Thursday.

Moscow Cheapest European Destination for Flights From US
2014-04-03 07:03:39
Moscow tops the list of the cheapest European destination for Americans, according to US-based website priceoftravel.com, which analyzed flight prices to Europe from the largest cities in the US and Canada.

FACTBOX: Shootings at US Military Bases 2009-2014
2014-04-03 06:52:56
A soldier opened fire at the Fort Hood military base in Texas on Wednesday, killing four and wounding 16 before the soldier committed suicide. US military facilities have suffered a string of such incidents, often caused by the psychological effects on soldiers of America's overseas military campaigns.

Ukraine Bans Russian Cheese, Candy, Fish Products
2014-04-03 06:26:40
Ukraine's consumer rights watchdog withdrew Thursday Russian-made confectionery, cheese and fish products from sales at retail chains, citing product-labeling violations.

US Energy Department Halts Cooperation with Russia on Peaceful Nuclear Projects
2014-04-03 06:02:17
The US Department of Energy has suspended cooperation with its Russian counterpart on several experimental projects that focused on the peaceful nuclear energy, a spokesperson with Rosatom nuclear agency told RIA-Novosti Thursday.

Moscow Sent Diplomatic Note to Ukraine on Terminating Black Sea Fleet Agreements
2014-04-03 05:30:37
MOSCOW, April 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia sent a diplomatic note to the Ukrainian embassy informing Kiev that the bilateral Black Sea Fleet agreements have been terminated, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement Wednesday.

OPINION: Venetians have right to referendum as Crimeans did ? Activist
2014-04-03 05:07:00
Venetian people have a right to vote in a referendum for Veneto independence as people in Crimea did, Nicola Gardin, one of the founders of Indipendenza Veneta political movement told RIA Novosti Thursday.

OPINION: Freeze on Russia-NASA Space Cooperation to Have Global Backlash ? Expert
2014-04-03 04:28:00
Washington's decision to freeze cooperation between the NASA space agency and its Russian counterpart on a slew of joint projects will hurt global space partnership but won't be the end of the Russian space program, Director of the Space Policy Institute Ivan Moiseyev told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Moldovan Region Gagauzia Asks Russia to Open Consulate
2014-04-03 03:43:00
Authorities in Moldova's autonomous region of Gagauzia are asking Russia to open a consulate office in its capital Comrat, head of the autonomous region Mikhail Formuzal said in a letter to Russian authorities.

Russia, Kazakhstan Voice Support for Constitutional Reform in Ukraine
2014-04-03 03:27:53
Russia and Kazakhstan support the need of constitutional reforms in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a joint press conference with Kazakhstan's foreign minister Erlan Idrisov on Thursday in Moscow.

Russia Returns Lend-Lease WWII Bomber Debris to US
2014-04-03 03:01:52
Fragments of a US bomber that crashed near the Russian city Krasnoyarsk in southern Siberia during World War II have been delivered to San Francisco, where they will form part of a memorial commemorating pilots who lost their lives in the war, a historian in Krasnoyarsk told RIA Novosti.

Eurasian Economic Union Treaty Could Be Signed by May ? Kazakhstan?s Foreign Minister
2014-04-03 02:38:40
A treaty between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus laying the foundations for the Eurasian Economic Union might be signed as soon as May, Kazakhstan's foreign minister said Thursday.

Deployment Extension of US Warships in Black Sea Exceeds International Terms - Lavrov
2014-04-03 02:34:41
Moscow has taken note that the extension of US warships deployed in the Black Sea has exceeded the set terms laid out in the international convention, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a joint press conference with Kazakhstan's foreign minister on Thursday in Moscow.

Russia, Kazakhstan Set to Ratify Cooperation Treaty ? Lavrov
2014-04-03 02:06:33
Russia and Kazakhstan will ratify a new treaty on bilateral cooperation and national friendship in the near future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday during talks with Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov.

OPINION: White House Petition Website Nearly Totally Useless
2014-04-03 02:00:26
The White House petition website ?We the People' is a nearly completely useless tool used by US political elites to their advantage, Seton Motley, the president of Less Government, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

NASA Severs Ties with Russia, Except for ISS
2014-04-03 01:52:38
The US space agency NASA officially announced it has suspended some space-related contacts with Russia amid tensions over Ukraine, but said will continue working together on the International Space Station, where both US and Russian astronauts are currently living together.

Pentagon Suspends Missile Shield Talks with Russia over Ukraine
2014-04-03 01:25:03
The Pentagon has halted all talks with Russia concerning its anti-missile defense shield in Europe over the Ukrainian crisis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Elaine Bunn said.

US Violates UN Convention against Torture ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-02 09:59:00
Washington violates UN Convention against Torture by delaying declassification of the US Senate Report on George W. Bush-era CIA torture techniques, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, said Wednesday.

Russia to Send Humanitarian Aid to Syrian Armenians Abused by Militants in Kessab
2014-04-02 09:46:10
Russia will send humanitarian aid to Syrian Armenians who suffered abuse from local militants in Kessab within several days, Sergei Stepashin, Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS ), told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Moscow Demands US End Abuse of Jailed Russian Pilot Yaroshenko
2014-04-02 09:30:14
Moscow demanded on Wednesday that the United States cease its ill-treatment of an ailing Russian pilot, Konstantin Yaroshenko, currently serving a lengthy jail sentence in New Jersey.

Stronger Tremors May Follow Chilean Earthquake - Local Experts
2014-04-02 09:06:46
Chilean scientists warned on Wednesday that more shocks could be forthcoming after a deadly 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit the country's northern regions on Tuesday.

Business As Usual In Japan Despite Tsunami Alert ? Local Artist
2014-04-02 09:02:24
Daily life continues normally in Japan despite the possibility of an impending tsunami, a Tokyo-based artist told RIA Novosti.

NATO Decisions Hinder Domestic Ukrainian Talks ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-02 08:43:00
The decisions taken at meetings of the NATO Council and the Ukraine-NATO Commission have impeded intra-Ukranian talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone conversation.

Europe Risks Losses of $215 Billion by Stopping Russian Gas Imports ? Report
2014-04-02 08:23:00
Europe will have to spend up to $215 billion through investments if it decides to stop buying Russian natural gas, US-based financial research company Sanford C. Bernstein & Co said Wednesday.

Putin Approves Russian Accession to North Pacific Fishing Convention
2014-04-02 08:19:53
Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed a law on accession to a convention on the preservation and management of fisheries in the northern Pacific Ocean, according to a statement on the Kremlin's website.

Ukraine?s National Bank Expects Inflation to Exceed 15% in 2014
2014-04-02 07:57:09
The rate of inflation in Ukraine may exceed 15 percent this year, according to Stepan Kubiv, the head of the country's National Bank.

US Hackers Backed by Ukrainians Plead Guilty to International Cybercrime
2014-04-02 07:50:51
Two Americans said to belong to an international cybercrime ring allegedly led by men in Ukraine pleaded guilty in taking part in a massive international money laundering scheme, the US Department of Justice said Wednesday on its website.

Foreign Ministers of Countries Bordering Caspian to Meet in Moscow on April 22
2014-04-02 07:46:18
A meeting of foreign ministers of all of the countries that border the Caspian will be convened later this month in Moscow to discuss common issues related to world's largest inland sea, according to Azerbaijan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Halaf Halafov.

Russia Seeks Full-Fledged Economic Ties with EU, US ? PM
2014-04-02 07:27:00
Russia wants full-fledged economic relations with the European Union and the United States, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, warning the West against sacrificing economic interests for the sake of political goals.

Russian Scientists Do Not Expect Further Earthquakes in Chile
2014-04-02 07:11:16
A recurrence of a large earthquake near Chile's Pacific coast, similar to the one that hit Tuesday night, is unlikely in the near future, said Victor Seleznev, director of the Geophysical Service of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

800 Ukrainian Servicemen Have Departed Crimea ? Crimean Source
2014-04-02 07:08:13
Nearly 800 of the 3,000 Ukrainian servicemen remaining in Crimea after the region's reunification with Russia have left for Ukraine, a local government source said on Wednesday.

FACTBOX: Most disastrous earthquakes of 2013-2014
2014-04-02 07:03:25
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit the coast of northern Chile on Wednesday night.

NATO to Suspend Cooperation with Russia on Afghan Choppers, Training ? NATO Source
2014-04-02 06:35:31
NATO will suspend cooperation with Russia on the maintenance of Afghan helicopters and a joint anti-drug operation, a source in the alliance told RIA Novosti.


NATO to Suspend Cooperation with Russia on Afghan Choppers, Training ? NATO Source
2014-04-02 06:35:31
NATO will suspend cooperation with Russia on the maintenance of Afghan helicopters and a joint anti-drug operation, a source in the alliance told RIA Novosti.

Moscow Says NATO's Freeze of Cooperation Reminiscent of Cold War
2014-04-02 06:16:00
NATO's decision to suspend cooperation with Russia resembles Cold War-style sword swinging, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.


Moscow Says NATO's Freeze of Cooperation Reminiscent of Cold War
2014-04-02 06:16:00
NATO's decision to suspend cooperation with Russia resembles Cold War-style sword swinging, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

OPINION: West and Russia Should Share Interest in Ukrainian Stability
2014-04-02 05:18:00
Russia and Ukraine should be brought to a single negotiating table and Ukraine's political stability should be in the interest of Russia, the EU and NATO member states, expert Cathryn Cluvier of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs said in response to comments by the German Foreign Minister on Wednesday.


OPINION: West and Russia Should Share Interest in Ukrainian Stability
2014-04-02 05:18:00
Russia and Ukraine should be brought to a single negotiating table and Ukraine's political stability should be in the interest of Russia, the EU and NATO member states, expert Cathryn Cluvier of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs said in response to comments by the German Foreign Minister on Wednesday.

Ukraine Will Not Prevail in UN Case Over Crimea ? Russian Official
2014-04-02 04:50:55
Ukraine is unlikely to win a case concerning the reunification of Crimea with Russia at the UN's highest court in the Hague, a senior Russian official told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Ukraine Will Not Prevail in UN Case Over Crimea ? Russian Official
2014-04-02 04:50:55
Ukraine is unlikely to win a case concerning the reunification of Crimea with Russia at the UN's highest court in the Hague, a senior Russian official told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.


Ukrainian Officials Justify Operation That Killed Ultranationalist Muzychko
2014-04-02 04:41:20
A Ukrainian investigative committee has ruled as lawful the actions of special operations officers who killed far-right leader Alexander Muzychko, according to a report by Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs published Wednesday.


Ukrainian Officials Justify Operation That Killed Ultranationalist Muzychko
2014-04-02 04:41:20
A Ukrainian investigative committee has ruled as lawful the actions of special operations officers who killed far-right leader Alexander Muzychko, according to a report by Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs published Wednesday.

Ultranationalism at Root of Ukraine?s Problems ? Belarusian Official
2014-04-02 04:30:00
Ultranationalism is at the root of the political turmoil in Ukraine, a senior Belarusian lawmaker said Wednesday.


Ultranationalism at Root of Ukraine?s Problems ? Belarusian Official
2014-04-02 04:30:00
Ultranationalism is at the root of the political turmoil in Ukraine, a senior Belarusian lawmaker said Wednesday.

EU, Russia Continue Dialogue In Key Areas ? Ambassador
2014-04-02 04:18:00
The EU and Russia will continue cooperation on key issues, including in the energy sector, despite the situation in Ukraine, Russia's ambassador to the EU said in an interview with RIA Novosti.


EU, Russia Continue Dialogue In Key Areas ? Ambassador
2014-04-02 04:18:00
The EU and Russia will continue cooperation on key issues, including in the energy sector, despite the situation in Ukraine, Russia's ambassador to the EU said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Tatneft Aims to Restart Libya Operations This Year
2014-04-02 04:03:44
Tatneft, one of Russia's top ten oil companies, is planning to resume its operations in Libya according to an official company report published today.

Tatneft Aims to Restart Libya Operations This Year
2014-04-02 04:03:44
Tatneft, one of Russia's top ten oil companies, is planning to resume its operations in Libya according to an official company report published today.


European Markets to Open for Ukrainian Products ? Ukrainian Prime Minister
2014-04-02 03:51:46
European markets will be opened for Ukrainian products on May 15, Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday.

European Markets to Open for Ukrainian Products ? Ukrainian Prime Minister
2014-04-02 03:51:46
European markets will be opened for Ukrainian products on May 15, Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday.


Officials of Countries Bordering Caspian Sea Meet at Summit
2014-04-02 03:38:41
The foreign ministers of all of the countries bordering the Caspian Sea convened a meeting Wednesday in Turkmenistan to discuss mutual problems concerning the world's largest inland sea, local media in the country's capital Ashgabat reported.


Officials of Countries Bordering Caspian Sea Meet at Summit
2014-04-02 03:38:41
The foreign ministers of all of the countries bordering the Caspian Sea convened a meeting Wednesday in Turkmenistan to discuss mutual problems concerning the world's largest inland sea, local media in the country's capital Ashgabat reported.

EU Not Ready to Offer Membership for Ukraine ? Russian Ambassador
2014-04-02 03:24:27
The EU is not ready for border enlargement, and is unlikely to offer membership for Ukraine, the Russian ambassador to the EU said Wednesday.


EU Not Ready to Offer Membership for Ukraine ? Russian Ambassador
2014-04-02 03:24:27
The EU is not ready for border enlargement, and is unlikely to offer membership for Ukraine, the Russian ambassador to the EU said Wednesday.

OPINION: EU Capitulates On Their Ukrainian Politics
2014-04-02 03:19:03
The European Union and leading EU countries have essential capitulated on their Ukraine politics and the connected hostility towards Russia, says Jon Hellevig, Managing Partner of the Moscow-based Awara Group company and a longtime observer of Russia's development.


OPINION: EU Capitulates On Their Ukrainian Politics
2014-04-02 03:19:03
The European Union and leading EU countries have essential capitulated on their Ukraine politics and the connected hostility towards Russia, says Jon Hellevig, Managing Partner of the Moscow-based Awara Group company and a longtime observer of Russia's development.

Moscow Insists Ukraine Take Decisive Steps to Disarm Radicals
2014-04-02 03:13:59
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Ukrainian authorities Wednesday to take decisive action in disarming radical paramilitary groups, while expressing concern about continued extremist activity in the country.

Moscow Insists Ukraine Take Decisive Steps to Disarm Radicals
2014-04-02 03:13:59
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Ukrainian authorities Wednesday to take decisive action in disarming radical paramilitary groups, while expressing concern about continued extremist activity in the country.


US House Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions Against Russia
2014-04-02 02:40:50
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill Tuesday to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees and authorize sanctions against Russian officials in response to their actions in Crimea.

US House Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions Against Russia
2014-04-02 02:40:50
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill Tuesday to provide Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees and authorize sanctions against Russian officials in response to their actions in Crimea.


Arrest Order Upheld Against Ukrainian Nationalist Yarosh
2014-04-02 02:35:23
The Moscow City Court on Wednesday upheld an in-absentia arrest order issued against Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Dmitry Yarosh by the Basmanny District Court, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.

Arrest Order Upheld Against Ukrainian Nationalist Yarosh
2014-04-02 02:35:23
The Moscow City Court on Wednesday upheld an in-absentia arrest order issued against Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Dmitry Yarosh by the Basmanny District Court, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.


ANALYSIS: US Warship Deployment to Black Sea Proves US Seeks Revenge
2014-04-02 02:04:32
A US plan to send a warship into the Black Sea proves Washington is pursuing its interests in the region, while punishing Russia and seeking revenge, believes Vadim Kozyulin, a senior research fellow at the Russian Center for Policy Studies.

ANALYSIS: US Warship Deployment to Black Sea Proves US Seeks Revenge
2014-04-02 02:04:32
A US plan to send a warship into the Black Sea proves Washington is pursuing its interests in the region, while punishing Russia and seeking revenge, believes Vadim Kozyulin, a senior research fellow at the Russian Center for Policy Studies.


Turmoil in Ukraine Caused by Constitutional Crisis ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-02 01:55:03
Russia's Foreign Ministry urged the Ukrainian government Wednesday to adopt a more balanced constitution to protect minority populations, blaming the ongoing political crisis in the country on an unstable legal foundation.

Turmoil in Ukraine Caused by Constitutional Crisis ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-02 01:55:03
Russia's Foreign Ministry urged the Ukrainian government Wednesday to adopt a more balanced constitution to protect minority populations, blaming the ongoing political crisis in the country on an unstable legal foundation.


NATO Suspends All Practical Coooperation with Russia - Statement
2014-04-02 00:44:00
Foreign Ministers of 28-nation NATO bloc announced Tuesday a decision to suspend all practical contacts with Moscow following Russia?s reunification with Crimea which the West considers ?occupation and annexation.?


Ukrainian Delegation to Visit Moscow to Discuss Gas Debt
2014-04-01 09:49:08
A Ukrainian delegation plans to visit Moscow on Thursday to hold talks on the country's $1.7 billion debt for natural gas owed to Russia's Gazprom, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said Tuesday.


Ukraine's Loss of Territorial Integrity Resulted From Internal Processes ? Russia
2014-04-01 09:32:00
Ukraine's loss of territorial integrity was a result of internal processes, not interference from Russia, which never violated its obligations under a 1994 agreement on respecting Ukrainian borders, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.


Kazakhstan Gives Green Light for Russian Nuclear Transit
2014-04-01 08:45:19
The government of Kazakhstan has issued a transit permit for a subsidiary of Russia's state-run Rosatom agency, the country's nuclear authority said Tuesday.


Russia's Economic Ties with Ukraine Depend on Non-Aligned Status ? Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-04-01 08:32:07
The development of closer ties, including economic cooperation, between Moscow and Kiev will depend on Ukraine's commitment to maintaining a non-aligned status, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.


EU Should Avoid Economic Sanctions Against Russia ? Senior EU Official
2014-04-01 08:11:00
The European Union should refrain from introducing broad economic sanctions against Russia if the situation around Ukraine does not deteriorate, European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn said Tuesday.


Russia Terminates, Does Not Denounce Black Sea Fleet Deal With Ukraine
2014-04-01 07:44:18
Moscow has terminated without denouncing the bilateral agreements with Ukraine providing for the basing of the Black Sea Fleet, a senior Russian official said Tuesday.


Russia's Role as Global Aid Donor Should Be Recognized ? Lavrov
2014-04-01 07:25:00
Russia's role as a leading donor of global development aid should receive more acknowledgement by the international community, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.


White House Website Petition Demands US Accept Crimea Referendum
2014-04-01 07:07:19
A petition to US authorities was published on the White House's website Tuesday, demanding they acknowledge as legal the expression of the will of the Crimean people, who voted for reunification with Russia last month.


Serbia Refuses to Back EU Sanctions Against Russia Over Crimea
2014-04-01 06:37:44
Belgrade will not sanction Russia over its handling of the crisis in Ukraine, Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday.


Russia?s Central Bank Hopes for Successful Negotiations with Ukraine
2014-04-01 04:53:43
The Russian Central Bank is open for dialogue with the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), the bank's First Deputy Chairman Alexey Simanovsky said Tuesday.


Ukraine Follows 'Arab Spring' Scenario ? Russian Defense Minister
2014-04-01 04:35:00
A scenario similar to the Arab Spring has unfolded in crisis-hit Ukraine during and after the events leading up to the ouster of the country's president in February, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.


Russian Delegation Warns of Walkout Over Council of Europe Expulsion
2014-04-01 04:20:52
The Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), an international consultative body, has threatened to walk out of the next meeting should the body move to strip the delegation of its voting rights.


Ukraine to Disarm Illegally Armed Groups After Kiev Shooting
2014-04-01 03:15:00
Ukraine's parliament has ordered the immediate disarming of illegally armed groups in the country following a fatal shooting Monday on the city's main square believed to have involved a political activist of the Right Sector movement.


Gazprom Raises Gas Prices by $100 for Ukraine ? CEO
2014-04-01 03:02:00
Russian energy giant Gazprom said Tuesday it would increase gas prices for Ukraine by $100 per 1,000 cubic meters from April 1 as the crisis-hit country has failed to pay for last year's deliveries, Prime business news agency has reported.


Russian Lawmakers Approve Satellite Navigation Hub in Nicaragua
2014-04-01 02:50:00
Russian lawmakers have endorsed draft legislation to allow the country to set up a satellite navigation monitoring system in Nicaragua, a Cabinet committee said Tuesday.


FACTBOX: Leading Ukrainian Presidential Candidates
2014-04-01 02:16:00
The Ukrainian parliament has called for early presidential elections on May 25 following the unconstitutional ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in February amid violent street protests.


Rossiya Segodnya Launches Spanish-Language News Wire
2014-04-01 02:01:07
Russian international news agency Rossiya Segodnya launched on Tuesday the Spanish-language news wire, Servicio de Noticias Novosti, for its subscribers in Latin America and Spain.


Moscow Slams Kiev's Plans to Hire Mercenaries to Maintain Law and Order
2014-04-01 01:50:31
Kiev's plans to hire foreign private security firms to maintain law and order in Ukraine violate the country's legislation and prove that the new authorities are unable to ensure security of its citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.


Ukrainian Election Haste Might Lead To New Maidan ? Experts
2014-04-01 01:31:00
New Maidan might erupt if Kiev rushes for elections, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Zheleznyak said at the press conference at RIA Novosti on Monday.


Ukrainians Want Greater Regional Autonomy Within Federation ? Experts
2014-03-31 10:03:46
Ukrainians want their democratic rights respected, but democracy has no chance of emerging after the upcoming presidential election is held in May, said Stephen Lendman, a Chicago-based radio host and author.


No Plans for Russia-Ukraine Diplomatic Meeting ? Moscow
2014-03-31 09:40:23
No meetings are currently scheduled between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministries, a senior Russian diplomat said Monday.


Russia Ready to Resolve Crimea Property Issues With Ukraine
2014-03-31 09:25:00
Moscow is prepared to resolve property disputes with Ukraine surrounding the termination of bilateral agreements on the basing of the Black Sea Fleet, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Monday.


Legitimacy of Ukrainian Election Depends on Transparency ? Russian Diplomat
2014-03-31 09:15:00
The legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine depends upon "transparency, fairness and taking the interests of the regions into account," a senior Russian diplomat said Monday.


Council of Europe Initiative to Exclude Russia ?Provocation? ? Duma
2014-03-31 07:59:00
A proposal to withdraw Russia's voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is a provocation, a spokesman for the Russian parliament said Monday.


NATO Will Not Consider Direct Military Aid to Ukraine ? Source
2014-03-31 05:01:00
Direct military aid to Ukraine will not be considered at tomorrow's NATO meeting, a senior official of the Atlantic alliance said Monday on the condition of anonymity.


Sanctions Against Russia Won?t Concern Citizens
2014-03-31 02:26:00
Sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia over the recent events in Ukraine will not concern regular Russian citizens, head of EU mission in Moscow Vygaudas U?ackas told Kommersant daily on Monday.


Russia, US Back Federal Constitution to Solve Ukraine Crisis
2014-03-31 02:16:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed at talks in Paris on Sunday to seek a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, showing signs of agreement on the need for a federal constitution in the country.


Russia Has No Intentions to Invade Ukraine ? Lavrov
2014-03-31 02:11:00
Russia has no intentions or interests whatsoever to cross the Ukrainian borders, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.


Cuba To Buy Russian Antonov Regional Jets
2014-03-28 10:14:45
Russia's Voronezh Aircraft Plant will supply Cuba with Antonov An-148 regional jets, officials in the region where the factory is based said Friday.


Obama Weak Foreign Policy President ? Expert
2014-03-28 09:24:00
The slump in US President Barack Obama's approval rating is not surprising and the President's hawkish stance encourages disenchantment among Americans, experts believe.


Moscow Calls for International Assessment of Rights Violations in Ukraine
2014-03-28 09:14:09
Russia expects international watchdogs to assess human rights violations against ethnic minorities committed by the "new Ukrainian authorities," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.


Russia Moves to Scrap Black Sea Fleet Agreements with Ukraine
2014-03-28 08:20:00
Russia has begun preparations for terminating bilateral agreements with Ukraine related to the status and operation of the Black Sea Fleet, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday.


Ousted Ukrainian President Calls for Referendum in Place of Election
2014-03-28 07:59:25
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, in a televised plea to Ukrainians on Friday, called on regions of Ukraine to hold a referendum in place of an upcoming presidential election.


West Gives Reason to Doubt Effectiveness of Military-Political Inspections - Russia
2014-03-28 06:55:00
Western countries announcing the "concentration" of Russian military on the border with Ukraine after holding fly-over inspections in those areas gives reason to doubt the effectiveness of inspections in military and political areas, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.


Russia Expects Assessment of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine
2014-03-28 06:45:00
Russia expects international human rights groups to give their assessment on violations, including national minorities, by the "new Ukrainian authorities," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement published by its information department on Friday.


Russia, North Korea Agree to Settle Payments in Rubles in Trade Pact
2014-03-28 06:40:31
Russia and North Korea have signed a new protocol to transition to using the ruble for payments between the two countries as part of an effort to boost annual bilateral trade to $1 billion by 2020, Russia's Far East Development Ministry said Friday.


Russia Urges West to Fairly Evaluate Ukraine Crisis
2014-03-28 06:34:00
Russia hopes the situation in Ukraine will be fairly evaluated by the West, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, after the UN passed a resolution declaring Crimea's referendum invalid.


Ukrainian Civil War Would Likely Spill Across Border ? Expert
2014-03-28 06:15:00
The killing of a notorious ultranationalist by police in Ukraine has ignited a firestorm that could lead to a civil war and spark a broader European conflict, said Stephen Lendman, a Chicago-based radio host and author.


Swiss Limits In Range Of Bilateral Cooperation Counterproductive - Foreign Ministry
2014-03-28 05:02:29
Moscow believes Switzerland's introduction of limits in a range of bilateral cooperation to be "counterproductive," the Russian Foreign Ministry's department of information said in a commentary on Friday.


UN Approves Draft Russian Resolution on Justice Integrity
2014-03-28 04:57:23
The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a draft resolution submitted by Russia and opposed by the United States on the integrity of justice systems around the globe.


Russia Hopes Situation Around Ukraine, Crimea Will Be Truly Evaluated By West - Lavrov
2014-03-28 04:38:34
Russia believes the situation around Ukraine and Crimea will be truly evaluated by the West, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.


Russia Calls UN Resolution on Crimea Referendum 'Counterproductive'
2014-03-28 03:27:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed a UN resolution declaring Crimea's referendum invalid as "counterproductive" and called on the international community to help stabilize the situation in crisis-hit Ukraine.


Russia Mulls Easing Visa Requirements for Tourists
2014-03-28 02:35:48
Russia's parliament is due to consider a draft law lengthening the validity of tourist visas and easing the requirements for obtaining them, a government website said Friday.


Russian Foreign Ministry Says UN Resolution on Ukraine 'Counterproductive'
2014-03-28 01:43:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry has called a UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine "counterproductive" and called on the international community to stabilize the situation in the country, according to a statement published on the ministry's website on Friday.


Ukraine May Ban Radical Group after Parliament Siege
2014-03-28 01:43:00
The radical group Right Sector could be banned in Ukraine after around 2,000 of its supporters encircled and threatened to storm the country's parliament late Thursday, a source in Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna party told RIA Novosti.


UN Vote on Crimea Proves Russia is Not Isolated - Envoy Churkin
2014-03-27 12:48:00
The vote by the United Nations on a resolution declaring Crimea's referendum invalid clearly showed that Russia is not alone on the world arena, the country's UN envoy said Thursday.


UN Vote on Crimea Proves Russia is Not Isolated - Envoy Churkin
2014-03-27 12:48:00
The vote by the United Nations on a resolution declaring Crimea's referendum invalid clearly showed that Russia is not alone on the world arena, the country's UN envoy said Thursday.

European Union Says Not Ready to Embrace Ukraine
2014-03-27 11:40:00
The European Union is not ready to offer its membership to Ukraine, although such a posibility may arise in the future, President of the European Commission Jose Barroso said Thursday.

Russia Warned US About Boston Bomber ? Congress
2014-03-27 10:08:00
A new report by the US Congress details the failures of cooperation between intelligence agencies, highlighting early warnings by Russia about alleged Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.


Tymoshenko Announces Presidential Run in Ukraine
2014-03-27 09:32:00
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced Thursday she would run for president in upcoming elections scheduled for May 25.


Russia-Ukraine Atomic Energy Cooperation Continues ? Rosatom
2014-03-27 08:42:00
Russian nuclear fuel deliveries to power plants in Ukraine are continuing without interruption, the head of Russia's state nuclear corporation said Thursday.


Tymoshenko Says Will Run For President Of Ukraine
2014-03-27 07:34:00
Ukrainian ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko announced on Thursday she would run for president in upcoming elections scheduled for May 25.


IMF To Loan Ukraine $14-18Bln in Next Two Years
2014-03-27 05:52:00
The International Monetary Fund has reached an agreement with Ukraine to loan $14-$18 billion within a standy-by stabilizing program, Prime news agency said, citing a statement released by the IMF on Thursday.


Ukraine on Brink of Economic Bankruptcy ? Acting PM
2014-03-27 05:29:00
Ukraine is facing default if the country's parliament fails to approve unpopular anti-crisis measures proposed by the government, Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Thursday.


Ukraine Hands Over Suspected Chechen Gunman to Russia
2014-03-27 04:45:00
Ukraine has extradited to Russia a Chechen man suspected of assaulting local residents in the North Caucasus republic, the Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday.


Cooperation Between Russia, Ukraine On Atomic Energy Continues - Rosatom
2014-03-27 04:09:00
Fuel deliveries to atomic stations in Ukraine are continuing with no interruptions, the head of Rosatom said on Thursday.


Ukrainian Servicemen Suspected of Terrorism Released after Check - Report
2014-03-27 01:19:00
Four Ukrainian servicemen who were detained in Crimea on suspicion of assisting terrorist groups in the Ukrainian breakaway region have been released, a local news agency said Thursday.


Russia Dismisses Rumors of Seeking Military Base in Argentina as 'Provocative Lie'
2014-03-26 09:23:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday dismissed as a ?provocative lie? rumors of Moscow?s plans to build a military base in Argentina.


Russia Dismisses Ukrainian Claims of Rising Xenophobia
2014-03-26 08:23:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry sharply criticized Ukraine Wednesday for disseminating claims of rising xenophobic attitudes in Russia.


World Community Must Act to Lift Russian TV Blockade in Ukraine ? Official
2014-03-26 04:23:00
A senior Russian official called on the international community Wednesday to influence Kiev in reversing a decision to block the broadcast of Russian TV channels in Ukraine, which has a substantial Russian-speaking population.


Ultranationalist?s Death Signals Split Between Maidan Leaders ? Lawmaker
2014-03-26 02:59:00
The killing by Ukrainian law enforcement of a notorious ultranationalist wanted for war atrocities is a sign of an emerging rift in the new leadership in Kiev that illegally seized power in a coup last month, a senior Russian lawmaker said Wednesday.


Moscow Demands Ukraine Cease Irresponsible Behavior Threatening Civil Aviation
2014-03-26 01:42:00
Ukraine must refrain from irresponsible actions that are threatening the safety of civil aviation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.


Moscow Slams Closure of Russian TV in Ukraine
2014-03-26 01:19:00
A ruling by a Ukrainian court to suspend broadcasts of four Russian TV channels in Ukraine is an attack against human rights and media freedom, a senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday.


Kiev Authorities Plan to Crack Down on Maidan Radicals - Source
2014-03-25 12:54:00
Ukraine?s interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has authorized the detention and questioning of the leaders of radical Right Sector party after receiving threats of retaliation for the killing of one of its notorious activists, a ministry?s source said Tuesday.


Ukraine's GDP May Drop 3% in 2014 - Finance Ministry
2014-03-25 09:46:00
The Ukrainian economy will most likely contract by three percent in 2014 in contrast with growth projections announced by the previous government, Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said Tuesday.


Tens of Thousands Sign Petition to Reunite Alaska With Russia
2014-03-25 09:43:38
Over 22,000 people have signed a petition calling for the secession of Alaska from the United States to seek reunification with Russia.


Russia Poses No Threat to Ukraine?s Nuclear Sites ? Russian FM
2014-03-25 09:32:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed allegations Tuesday that Moscow is threatening nuclear sites in Ukraine as an attempt to redirect blame for ongoing instability in the country away from the new Ukrainian government.


Moscow Reaffirms Ukrainian Servicemen Free to Leave Crimea
2014-03-25 08:23:00
Ukraine's military personnel may leave the Crimean Peninsula unhindered, but the Russian military has yet to decide if they will be permitted to take their weapons with them, the Kremlin said Tuesday.


Ukraine Far-Right Defense Minister Resigns, Replacement Appointed
2014-03-25 08:05:00
The parliament of Ukraine on Tuesday appointed Mykhail Koval as acting defense minister following a narrow vote to allow the resignation of Ihor Tenyukh from the post earlier in the day.


Russia Not Threatening Safety of Ukraine's Atomic Objects - Foreign Ministry
2014-03-25 07:27:18
Statements that Russia is threatening the safety of atomic objects in Ukraine is an attempt to "pass the buck" by Ukrainian representatives.


Moscow Hopes Extremist Line in Ukraine Policy Gets Objective International Evaluation
2014-03-25 07:06:00
Moscow hopes that the extremist line in Ukraine?s policy receives an objective international evaluation and is met with an adequate ?repulse,? according to a statement by the Russian delegation in regard to a Ukrainian representative?s speech during a summit on physical atomic safety on Tuesday.


Ukrainian Soldiers May Leave Crimea With Or Without Weapons ? Kremlin
2014-03-25 06:52:00
Ukrainian military personnel may leave the Crimean Peninsula freely with or without their weapons at the discretion of the Russian military, the Kremlin said Tuesday.


Ukrainian Parliament Appoints New Acting Defense Minister Mykhail Koval
2014-03-25 06:25:00
The Ukrainian parliament has appointed a new acting defense minister.


Ukrainian Parliament Relieves Head of Defense Ministry on Second Vote
2014-03-25 06:05:00
The Ukrainian parliament relieved acting Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukha from duty following a second vote on Tuesday.


Most Wanted Ukrainian Ultranationalist Killed in Special Operation
2014-03-25 04:21:00
Ukrainian ultranationalist Olexander Muzychko, put on an international wanted list for committing war atrocities in Russia's Chechnya, was gunned down overnight in an operation by Ukrainian special forces, a senior official in the country said Tuesday.


Ukrainian Parliament Denies Head of Defense Minister's Resignation
2014-03-25 03:49:00
The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declined to accept the resignation of acting Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh.

G7 Warns Russia of Sanctions over Ukraine
2014-03-25 02:11:00
Leaders of the Group of Seven economies have warned Moscow it faced damaging economic sanctions in the event of further escalation of the crisis in Ukraine following Crimea?s reunification with Russia.


Moscow Blasts Ukraine for Risking Safety of Russian Diplomats
2014-03-24 11:10:00
The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded on Monday that Kiev?s Western-backed interim government must ensure the security of Russian officials in the country following threats to their safety.


 
 
 
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