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May 2014 - Russia Special Weapons News

  • Russia prepares response to American 'prompt global strike' initiative - Defense Ministry VoR 31 May 2014 -- Works aimed at neutralization of the American 'Prompt Global Strike ' strategy are under way in Russia, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said.
  • Hagel: Thousands of Russian Troops Pull Back from Ukraine Border AFPS 30 May 2014 -- Thousands of Russian troops have pulled back from Ukraine's border in a move Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called "promising" yesterday during a media briefing en route to Singapore, one of the stops on his 12-day trip to Alaska and countries in Asia and Europe.
  • US Official: Russia Has Withdrawn Most Troops from Ukraine Border VOA 30 May 2014 -- Russia has withdrawn most of its troops from the Ukrainian border, but seven battalions, amounting to thousands of men, remain there, officials said Friday.
  • West Curtailing Missile Defense Cooperation With Russia – Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 30 May 2014 -- The decision by organizers to reject Moscow's application to attend next month's international conference on missile defense signals that the West is suspending talks with Russia on this issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.
  • Russian Paratroopers Receive Newest Verba Shoulder-Fired Missiles RIA Novosti 30 May 2014 -- The Russian Airborne Forces have started receiving the newest Verba man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) equipped with an automated fire control system that has no foreign rival, military spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said Friday.
  • Putin Kicks Off Eurasian Union, Without Ukraine VOA 29 May 2014 -- Moscow increasingly speaks of Russia's "sphere of influence.' And, on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin took a major step in securing that position by creating a shared market of former Soviet states to help integrate economic policy.
  • Russia May Begin Constructing Advanced Military Drones in 2014 – Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 29 May 2014 -- Russia may begin to develop advanced unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UAV) with longer flight endurance in 2014, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters Thursday.
  • Proton Rocket Failure Probe Finds No Evidence of Deliberate Misconduct RIA Novosti 29 May 2014 -- The interdepartmental state commission investigating the recent Proton-M carrier rocket launch failure has so far found no evidence supporting the theory that it was caused by deliberate misconduct, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said Thursday.
  • Russian Soyuz with New Crew Docks at ISS in Automatic Mode RIA Novosti 29 May 2014 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a trio of crew members docked automatically with the International Space Station on Thursday, some six hours after the launch, a spokesman for the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
  • Snowden Denies Affiliation with Russian Government RIA Novosti 29 May 2014 -- National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is currently living in Russia under temporary asylum status after leaking United States' secret documents, says he had no ties with the Russian authorities.
  • Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus Sign Treaty Creating Economic Union RFE/RL 29 May 2014 -- The leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus have signed a treaty in Astana on the creation of a Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
  • All bodies in Donetsk Airport hostilities identified, 33 of them Russian VoR 29 May 2014 -- All the bodies of federalists killed in the May 26 hostilities at the Donetsk airport have been identified, and 33 of them are Russian nationals, Alexander Borodai, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said Thursday.
  • Ukraine's Foreign Ministry turns down humanitarian aid from Russia VoR 29 May 2014 -- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has turned down an official note of the Russian Foreign Ministry asking for permission to provide humanitarian aid to residents of Ukraine's eastern regions.
  • Russia to Kiev: Stop this fraternal war Iran Press TV 29 May 2014 -- Russia has called on Ukraine to immediately stop what it calls a fraternal war in the country, while urging the West to steer Kiev away from a "national disaster."
  • Kyiv's Deadline Looms On $2 Billion Russian Gas Debt RFE/RL 29 May 2014 -- A deadline is looming for Ukraine to pay off its natural gas debts to Russia's state-controlled Gazprom or face a supply cut that also would impact other parts of Europe.
  • Ukraine, Russia Leaders to Attend D-Day Ceremonies VOA 28 May 2014 -- Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko will attend the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings in Normandy, his office said on Wednesday.
  • Few Russian Troops Withdraw From Ukraine Border AFPS 28 May 2014 -- Tens of thousands of Russian troops remain encamped on the Ukrainian border, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
  • Kiev Admits $2.2Bln Gas Debt to Gazprom – Russian Energy Minister RIA Novosti 28 May 2014 -- Ukraine has recognized its $2.2 billion debt to Russia for natural gas deliveries prior to April 1, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday.
  • s presidential vote in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists Wednesday after talks with his Argentinian counterpart in Moscow.
  • Despite Ukraine Crisis, Russia Pursues Eurasian Integration Dream RFE/RL 28 May 2014 -- At the May 29 summit of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in Astana, the three are expected to sign a treaty to transform their tripartite customs union into a Eurasian Economic Union (EES) by January 2015.
  • Russian Naval Aviation Monitoring NATO Warships in Black Sea – Source RIA Novosti 28 May 2014 -- Naval wings of Russia's Black Sea Fleet have resumed training flights over neutral waters of the sea to monitor the activity of NATO warships, a source in the Russian navy's headquarters said Wednesday.
  • US Ambassador: Russia's Hand in Ukraine Hard to Deny VOA 27 May 2014 -- As the uprising in eastern Ukraine intensifies, the Russian government's involvement is becoming harder to deny, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Tuesday.
  • Russia ready for consultations with Kiev on border issues - Russian Foreign Ministry VoR 27 May 2014 -- Moscow is ready for consultations with Kiev on state border issues, as was previously requested by Ukraine, but would like to understand first what problems they suggest discussing, a Russian deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin said Tuesday
  • Kiev should immediately stop using army against Ukraine population - Moscow VoR 27 May 2014 -- Stopping the use of the Armed Forces against the civilian population of Ukraine will become an 'endurance test' for the Kiev authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. 'Immediately stopping the use of the army against the population and ending any violence by all sides is the top priority task and 'endurance test' for the Kiev authorities,' he said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Interfax reports.
  • Putin Demands End To Ukraine Offensive As Dozens Reported Killed RFE/RL 27 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for an immediate end to what he called the Ukrainian government's 'punitive' military operation in the east, after dozens were reported killed in a day of fighting in the eastern city of Donetsk.
  • Putin Moves Crimean Parliamentary Election Forward RIA Novosti 27 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree announcing that an election for members of Crimea's and Sevastopol's legislative assembly planned for next year will instead be held on September 14.
  • Putin Calls for End to Violence, Urges Dialogue in Ukraine RIA Novosti 27 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Ukraine in a phone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence in the crisis-hit country, the Kremlin said Tuesday.
  • Kiev Asks Russia to Pay $1Bln for Gas Left in Crimea Storage RIA Novosti 27 May 2014 -- Ukraine has asked Russia to pay $1 billion for 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas stored at an underground facility belonging to Crimea's Black Sea oil and gas company Chernomorneftegaz, Acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Tuesday.
  • Kiev to Pay Debt for Russian Gas After Fixing $268 Price for Further Deliveries RIA Novosti 27 May 2014 -- Ukraine is ready to pay its debt to Russia for gas deliveries only after securing a price of $268 per thousand cubic meters for future supplies, Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said Tuesday.
  • Russian fighters to monitor NATO planes' Baltic drills - source VoR 27 May 2014 -- Russia's Air Force will intensify surveillance of the Baltic countries' airspace if NATO warplanes begin flights on a large scale there, a high-ranking source in the General Air Force Staff told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday, commenting on NATO plans to conduct large-scale training flights of its aviation over the Baltic states on May 27 - 28.
  • China-Russia naval drill concludes People's Daily 26 May 2014 -- The Chinese and Russian directors of a joint naval drill on Monday announced the successful conclusion of the seven-day initiative.
  • Chinese, Russian warships return to Shanghai from joint drill People's Daily 26 May 2014 -- All warships participating in the China-Russia joint naval drill returned to a Shanghai port Sunday.
  • Russian-Chinese military exercises Joint Sea 2014 end in China VoR 26 May 2014 -- A closing ceremony of Russian-Chinese naval drills Joint Sea 2014 was held in the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai on Monday, ITAR-TASS reports. On Monday, Shanghai residents visited Varyag missile cruiser, flagship of Russia's Pacific Fleet, and were taken on a tour of the ship by Russian naval sailors.
  • Russian Officials Call for Talks with Ukraine's New President VOA 26 May 2014 -- For weeks, Russian officials cast doubt on Ukraine's presidential election. But on Sunday voting took place peacefully in 90 percent of the country, and with most of the votes counted Petro Poroshenko has clearly won more than 50 percent and a first-round victory.
  • Russia ready for dialog with Ukraine: Lavrov Iran Press TV 26 May 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed Moscow's readiness to have dialog with Ukraine's newly-elected president, Petro Poroshenko.
  • Moscow Ready to Expand Dialogue With Kiev, Western Mediation Not Needed – Lavrov RIA Novosti 26 May 2014 -- Direct contacts between Moscow and Kiev have never ceased, and Russia is ready to establish pragmatic and equal dialogue following the recent presidential election, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
  • Poroshenko Plans to Visit Russia in June to Discuss Ukrainian Crisis RIA Novosti 26 May 2014 -- Petro Poroshenko, who is leading the presidential election results in Ukraine, told journalists Friday that he hopes to meet with Russian leaders in early June to discuss the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
  • Russia may carry out joint astronautic projects with China – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin VoR 26 May 2014 -- Russia may implement joint astronautic projects with China, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin told journalists. 'As for the period after 2020, Russia may have new astronautic projects with other partners or a broader range of partners,' Rogozin said, speaking about a possible denial to renew the program of the International Space Station (ISS) after 2020.
  • Russia Ready to Dismantle GPS Stations if Glonass Talks Fail - Rogozin VoR 26 May 2014 -- Russia stands firm on its decision to dismantle GPS ground stations on its territory if Washington refuses to allow the placement of Glonass facilities in the US, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday. 'If we don't receive any news [from the US] by May 31, we will suspend the work of these stations for three months,' Rogozin told reporters during his visit to Crimea, which has recently become part of Russia.
  • Medvedev arrives in Crimea on his second visit in two months VoR 25 May 2014 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has arrived for a two-day working trip to Crimea on Sunday, according to ITAR-TASS. This trip is Medvedev's second one after Crimea's accession to Russia in March. On March 31, he held an offsite meeting of the Russian government on the peninsula.
  • Putin Warns Of Threat To Europe's Gas Supplies From 'Ukrainian Radicals' RFE/RL 24 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has told officials from leading energy companies that Russia is concerned about threats by 'Ukrainian radicals' to disrupt gas supplies to Europe.
  • Kiev leaders may not want completely legitimate president - Putin VoR 24 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin argued on Saturday that Ukraine's president to be elected on Sunday might become a transitional figure or, on the contrary, concentrate maximum powers, and that either possibility would trigger more intensive political strife in the country. Vladimir Putin said he would 'treat with respect' the choice of the Ukrainian people in the country's May 25 early presidential elections.
  • Putin: Russia Sanctions Counterproductive VOA 24 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that sanctions imposed on his country over its involvement in Ukraine were counterproductive and did not correspond to international law.
  • Claims Russia wants to restore USSR a device in information war - Putin VoR 24 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said those who thought Russia was trying to restore an empire and the Soviet Union simply incorrect. 'That opinion is wrong, I don't think it's anything that corresponds with the truth but a tool in the information war,' Putin said at a meeting with international media bosses in St. Petersburg. 'People are trying to label us as such, that we're trying to restore the empire, the Soviet Union, to bring everybody under our influence. But this us totally inaccurate,' he said.
  • Putin says Russia-China ties enter new stage People's Daily 25 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week in Shanghai marked that Russia-China relations have entered a new stage, and that the two countries will roll out all-around cooperation.
  • Small Number of Russians Moving From Ukrainian Border AFPS 23 May 2014 -- A small number of Russian troops have moved away from the southern and eastern borders of Ukraine, but thousands more remain in place, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said here today.
  • Putin Vows to Recognize Ukraine Presidential Vote VOA 23 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to recognize the outcome of Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine, while voicing hope that Ukraine's new president will end military operations against separatists in the east.
  • China-Russia navies conduct 'anti-piracy' exercises People's Daily 23 May 2014 -- The Chinese and Russian navies staged exercises on the East China Sea on Friday to simulate anti-piracy operations.
  • China-Russia naval drill hones defense capabilities People's Daily 23 May 2014 -- Chinese and Russian navies on Thursday completed a defense exercise against the intrusion of unidentified boats as part of their ongoing naval drill 'Joint Sea-2014'.
  • Russia Must De-escalate or Risk Isolation, Hagel Says AFPS 23 May 2014 -- Russia must work to de-escalate tensions along its border with Ukraine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on PBS's "Charlie Rose Show" last night.
  • Ukraine in 'full-scale civil war': Putin says Iran Press TV 23 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says the crisis in Ukraine has evolved into a full-scale civil war, blaming the situation on Washington's backing for the overthrow of former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych.
  • Moscow Ready to Work With New Ukrainian Leadership After Election – Putin RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Russia will work with the new power structures in Ukraine after Sunday's presidential election and hopes that military activities cease after the vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • US Sees Ukraine Crisis as Technical Issue – Putin RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- The situation that has appeared in Ukraine is very important for Russia but is only a technical issue for the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • Kiev Could Facilitate Dialogue With Moscow by Paying Gas Debt – Putin RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Kiev could create favorable conditions for dialogue with Moscow by paying its debt for gas supplies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.
  • Putin Says West Supported Unconstitutional Coup in Ukraine RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Western countries supported the unconstitutional coup in Ukraine at the same time that Moscow suggested finding an exit from the crisis in the country through dialogue, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • West's Refusal of Dialogue May Lead to Ukraine's Membership in NATO – Putin RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Russia fears that the West's refusal to engage in dialogue on Ukraine may lead to Kiev joining NATO and the US deploying missile defense systems in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • Putin Calls 4-Party Consultations on Ukraine-EU Association 'Nothing But Slogans' RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- The European Union has so far announced nothing but slogans about consultations on Ukraine's possible association with the EU, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • Ukraine Torn by Full-Fledged Civil War – Putin RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Following the coup in Ukraine, chaos followed and a full-fledged civil war has broken out, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday.
  • By Reunifying With Crimea Russia Protected Citizens From Odessa-Like Tragedy – Putin RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- The number of victims in Crimea could have been even larger than in the tragedy in Odessa if Russia had not reunified with the peninsula, which was the right thing to do, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday.
  • Private Military Companies Involved in Ukraine Standoff – Russian General Staff RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Private military companies are participating in events in Ukraine, the head of the Russian military's General Staff said Friday.
  • Putin: Russia Will Accept Ukrainian Election Outcome VOA 23 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will respect the outcome of Ukraine's presidential election. It is the first time he has explicitly indicated that he will accept Ukraine's election result.
  • US unipolar vision of world failed: Putin Iran Press TV 23 May 2014 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin says the world should not be dominated by one power as the United States' "unipolar" vision of the world has failed.
  • Russia will respond to NATO's military activities: Top general Iran Press TV 23 May 2014 -- Russia's top general has warned that Moscow will retaliate against NATO's increased military activities near the country's border amid escalating tensions with the Western alliance over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
  • Putin To Share His Economic Vision At Boycotted Forum RFE/RL 23 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is to speak on May 23 at an international business forum in St. Petersburg that is being boycotted by the leaders of dozens of Western companies in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and its role in the Ukrainian crisis.
  • US Imposes Sanctions Against Russia to Gain Business Advantage in Europe – Putin RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Friday that the United States planned to receive competitive advantages in trade and economic ties with Europe by insisting on sanctions against Russia.
  • Russia Strengthens Military Bases Abroad – Defense Minister RIA Novosti 23 May 2014 -- Russia is strengthening its military bases abroad as well as helping to boost the armed forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.
  • Failure of single-polar world order obvious to everyone - Putin VoR 23 May 2014 -- The failure of a single-polar world order is now obvious to everyone, even to those who continue dictating their rules of the game and imposing behavioral standards, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
  • Color revolutions threaten global stability - Russian Defense Minister VoR 23 May 2014 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said there is a threat of the spread of 'color' revolutions in the world, that are increasingly resembling forms of warfare. 'The phenomenon of 'color revolutions' is becoming a significant factor in the destabilization of the situation in many regions of the world. Foreign values are being forced on peoples under the guise of democracy,' Shoigu told at conference on international security held in Moscow on Friday.
  • Economic sanctions as political pressure tool have boomerang effect in modern world - Putin VoR 23 May 2014 -- Economic sanctions in the modern world will eventually reflect on the economies of the countries that initiated them, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. 'It's obvious that economic sanctions as a tool of political pressure have a boomerang effect in today's mutually dependent world and they will eventually reflect on the businesses and economies of the countries that initiated them,' Putin said at the St. Petersburg economic forum on Friday.
  • Source: Russia may build 8 new nuclear reactors for Iran IRNA 23 May 2014 -- Moscow may sign an intergovernmental agreement with Teheran this year to build eight new reactors for nuclear power plants in Iran, a source close to the negotiations disclosed on Thursday.
  • Russia Says Kiev Ignoring Geneva Agreements, OSCE Roadmap RIA Novosti 22 May 2014 -- Kiev is not abiding by the Geneva agreement and continues to step up its security operation against peaceful citizens in eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday.
  • Moscow Concerned About Lack of OSCE Response on Odessa Tragedy Inquiry RIA Novosti 22 May 2014 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has not yet reacted to Moscow's call for the Kiev authorities to ensure an impartial investigation into the Odessa tragedy of May 2, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday.
  • Russia vows vengeance against US sanctions Iran Press TV 22 May 2014 -- Russia has vowed to retaliate against "unfounded" US sanctions slapped on 12 Russians for alleged human rights abuses, amid growing tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine.
  • The Costs Of Russia's Ukraine 'Victory' RFE/RL 22 May 2014 -- Russia's aggressive policies in Ukraine since the fall of 2013 have resulted in some remarkable gains for Moscow.
  • Russian Capital Flight Increases As East-West Crisis Deepens RFE/RL 22 May 2014 -- Nobody knows for sure how much capital is leaving Russia amid Moscow's crisis with the West over Ukraine. But by any measure, it is large enough to set off alarms that if it continues it could seriously slow the country's economic growth..
  • What You Need To Know About Russia And China's Gas Deal RFE/RL 22 May 2014 -- Russia and China have agreed to a 30-year natural-gas deal that will supply 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually to the world's most populous country, according to Gazprom. Here is what is known about the deal.
  • Western CEOs Quit Russian Business Forum Over Ukraine Crisis RFE/RL 22 May 2014 --In a demonstration against Russia?s annexation of Crimea and Moscow?s role in the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders of dozens of major international companies have cancelled their attendance at a three-day international business forum that opens in St. Petersburg on May 22.
  • No Plans to Export Russian Alligator Attack Helicopters Before 2016 – Arms Exporter RIA Novosti 22 May 2014 -- Talks with foreign partners to purchase Russia's Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters will begin in earnest in 2016 or 2017, a representative of Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday.
  • Russia, China May Modernize Mi-26 Helicopter RIA Novosti 22 May 2014 -- Russia and China may develop a new modified version of the Mi-26 Halo heavy-lift helicopter, Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev told journalists at the HeliRussia exhibition in Moscow.
  • Russia Sees End to Cooperation With US on Helicopter Supplies RIA Novosti 22 May 2014 -- Russia sees no future prospects for cooperating with the United States in delivering additional Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Afghanistan, a representative of state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday.
  • Russian's Air Force to Receive New Generation Long-Range Bomber in 2023 RIA Novosti 22 May 2014 -- The Russian Air Force will start receiving its first PAK DA next generation long-range bomber in 2023, Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Thursday.
  • At Least 14 Soldiers Killed In Attacks In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 22 May 2014 -- Acting Ukrainian President OIeksandr Turchynov says 13 soldiers were killed in an overnight attack by separatists forces in the Donetsk region.
  • Russian engines a costly loss for US: Study Iran Press TV 22 May 2014 -- A new Pentagon study indicates that losing access to Russian-manufactured rocket engines could cost the US military's space program up to $5 billion.e
  • NATO: Russia's Moves Have Changed Europe, the World AFPS 21 May 2014 -- Russia's annexation of Crimea and threats to southern and eastern Ukraine has made the world a different place, a senior NATO military official said.
  • Chinese, Russian naval forces gather for 'Joint Sea-2014' drill People's Daily 21 May 2014 -- The naval forces of China and Russia are scheduled to conduct the 'Joint Sea-2014' drill in the northern waters and aerial space of the East China Sea from May 20 to 26.
  • Troops withdraw to help Kiev vote: Russia Iran Press TV 21 May 2014 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin says withdrawal of troops from regions near Ukraine was meant to help create favorable conditions for the Ukrainian presidential vote.
  • US accuses Russia of no full withdrawal from Ukraine border Iran Press TV 21 May 2014 -- US Army Secretary John McHugh has accused Moscow of not withdrawing Russian troops from the borders of Ukraine completely.
  • China, Russia ink long-awaited gas deal People's Daily 21 May 2014 -- SHANGHAI, May 21 -- China and Russia on Wednesday inked the long-awaited gas deal in Shanghai, ending the decade-long natural gas supply talks between the two neighbors.
  • Russia, China seal major gas deal, bypass US dollar Iran Press TV 21 May 2014 -- Russia has signed a major deal with China for the export of natural gas to the world's second largest economy.
  • China, Russia Sign Major Gas Deal VOA 21 May 2014 -- China and Russia signed a long-awaited, 30-year agreement for natural gas worth an estimated $400 billion on Wednesday, securing the world's top energy user a major new source of the clean-burning fuel, Chinese state media and the AP reported.
  • Biden Warns Russia Against Undermining Ukraine Poll RFE/RL 21 May 2014 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has warned Moscow against undermining the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election. Speaking in Bucharest alongside Romanian President Traian Basescu on May 21, Biden said that 'we must be resolute' in enforcing sanctions against Moscow and that tougher measures could come if the May 25 polls are undermined.
  • Putin Questions Ukraine Vote Legitimacy VOA 21 May 2014 -- President Vladimir Putin raised doubts Wednesday about the legitimacy of Ukraine's upcoming presidential election but said Russia is moving its troops away from the Ukrainian border to help create favorable conditions for Sunday's vote.
  • Elections in Ukraine must be nationwide and free - Russian Foreign Ministry VoR 21 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry is urging the Kiev authorities to ensure fairness in the coming presidential elections to be held in Ukraine on May 25. 'Of course, the presidential elections themselves are a step in the right direction. So it is especially important to ensure they are of a truly nation-wide and free character. A path towards this is via a wide compromise within Ukrainian society regarding the constitutional grounds of the state,' the Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department said in a statement.
  • Russia, US maintain permanent contacts over Ukraine - Russian Defense Ministry VoR 21 May 2014 -- Russia's and the US defense agencies maintain permanent contacts over Ukraine, Russia's Defense Ministry top official said. 'The defense officials are holding substantial talks in a sincere atmosphere,' the chief of the Russian Defense Ministry Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation, Sergei Koshelev told Rossiya 24 TV Channel on Wednesday.
  • Replacement of Russia's RD-180 rocket engine may cost US $1.5 bln and six years to develop VoR 21 May 2014 -- The development of a rocket engine to replace Russia's RD-180 used by US Atlas-5 space launch vehicle may cost the United States $1.5 billion and will take as long as six years, the Bloomberg news agency reports, citing a team of Pentagon advisors.
  • Belarus ratified agreement with Russia on GLONASS cooperation VoR 21 May 2014 -- The lower house of the National Assembly of Belarus on Wednesday has ratified an agreement on cooperation in the field of the deployment and development of the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system.
  • US feigns concern over Magnitsky case while Kiev uses artillery and armor against civilians - Moscow VoR 21 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry will not leave the expansion of the so-called 'Magnitsky list' without response, being guided both by the principle of reciprocity and considerations of justice. 'We regard the US Administration's decision to impose visa and financial sanctions on 12 Russian citizens within the framework of the so-called 'Magnitsky list' as groundless and stemming from a cynical desire to exploit a human tragedy for dirty political purposes,' Dolgov said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Wednesday.
  • Russian troops withdrawn from drills near western borders to avoid speculations on Ukraine's elections - Putin VoR 21 May 2014 -- It has been decided to send subdivisions of the Armed Forces, which held drills near Russian's western border, to their sites of permanent deployment in order to avoid speculations during the elections in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
  • U.S. Treasury Sanctions 12 More Russians Under 'Magnitsky Act' RFE/RL 20 May 2014 -- The U.S. Treasury has announced sanctions against 12 more Russians for alleged human rights abuses, including prison officials who allegedly withheld medical care from a man who uncovered tax fraud in Russia.
  • Can Russia Unplug From The World? RFE/RL 20 May 2014 -- When a Moscow official, bemoaning the state of Russian childhood, recently called for a return to the days of the Iron Curtain, she put her finger on the precise dilemma faced by Kremlin strategists looking to persuade their 21st-century citizenry that it's time to turn back the clock.
  • Proton Rocket Crash Investigation Could Lead to Staff Changes RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- The investigation into a recent Proton-M rocket failure that destroyed the advanced Express-AM4R telecommunications satellite could result in a staff reshuffle, Roscosmos Head Oleg Ostapenko told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
  • Telemetry Shows Pressure Drop in Failed Proton's Third Stage Control Engine RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Moments before the Proton-M rocket was lost last week, a sharp pressure drop was recorded in the piping of its third stage control engine, Russia's space chief said on Tuesday.
  • 2 Russian Glonass Navigation Satellites to Undergo Maintenance RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Two Russian Glonass navigation satellites will be temporarily deactivated for a day to undergo maintenance, the Glonass System Control Center said Tuesday.
  • All Russian Glonass Satellites Fully Functioning After Maintenance RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Two satellites of Russia's Glonass navigation system deactivated Monday for maintenance are again fully functional, the Glonass System Control Center said Tuesday.
  • Russia to Turn Crimean Military Hardware Over to Ukraine By End of Year RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry plans to turn over all Ukrainian military equipment that was stationed in Crimea by the end of this year, Deputy Defense Minister General Dmitry Bulgakov told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
  • Russia Calls for Ukraine to Implement OSCE Roadmap Ahead of Elections RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Ukraine must implement the roadmap of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and halt domestic military actions or the upcoming presidential election may aggravate the crisis in the country, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Tuesday.
  • Russian troops near Ukraine return to bases: Moscow Iran Press TV 20 May 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says the country's troops stationed near the border with Ukraine are dismantling their camps and preparing to return to their bases.
  • Russia Withdraws Troops From Ukrainian Border RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Russia has started a pullback of its troops from temporary bases near the Ukrainian border, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Tuesday.
  • Russian Army to Train Military Personnel to Operate Drones RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Russian defense experts will train the country's soldiers to operate the latest unmanned aerial vehicles, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
  • Medvedev Says Russia Not Obliged to Guarantee Ukraine's Territorial Sovereignty RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Russia is not obligated to guarantee the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine because it never took on that obligation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
  • Russia Ready to Inform West of Drills near Ukrainian Border - Medvedev RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Moscow is prepared to inform the West of troop deployment near the border with Ukraine, but the issue of the time and place of holding military drills within Russian territory is a domestic entitlement, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
  • Russian PM Says Claims of Moscow Planning to Attain Parts of Ukraine – Propaganda RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Confirmation that Russia has plans to claim any part of Ukraine is propaganda and the comparison with the situation with Crimea is inappropriate, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
  • Russia: Troops Pulling Back from Ukraine Borders VOA 20 May 2014 -- Russia's Defense Ministry says its 40,000 army troops near the Ukraine border have started dismantling their positions.
  • Russian servicemen to take part in int'l military drills in Mongolia VoR 20 May 2014 -- More than 65 units of military hardware belonging to troops of the Russian Eastern military district will take part in the active stage of a drill for liquidation of assumed 'illegal armed formations' in the framework of international maneuvers 'Selenga-2014', the press service of the Eastern Military District told ITAR-TASS, quoting an agreement reached by Russia and Mongolia in the second round of consultations on the joint maneuvers.
  • Russian troops coming back after military exercises on border with Ukraine VoR 20 May 2014 -- On the order by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu formations of Russian Armed Forces which conducted military exercises in regions bordering Ukraine are coming back to their permanent bases, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS on Tuesday.
  • Iraqi Leader to Discuss New Arms Supply Contracts With Putin RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki plans to discuss new arms contracts during an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iraqi parliamentarian Muhammad al-Akili told RIA Novosti.
  • Ukraine neo-Nazis at war with civilians: Putin Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused "neo-Nazi forces" fighting against pro-Moscow activists in Ukraine of waging a war against civilians.
  • Russia urges Kiev to withdraw troops from E Ukraine Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- Russia has urged the interim government in Kiev to immediately withdraw its troops from eastern Ukraine while ordering the end of drills by Russian forces in regions bordering Ukraine.
  • Russia Ready to Discuss Gas Discounts if Ukraine Pays April Debt RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- Russia is prepared to discuss energy discounts after Kiev pays its April 1 bill for Russian natural gas, which Ukraine and the European Commission have confirmed stands at $2.2 billion, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Monday.
  • Shutdown of US GPS Stations No Threat to Russian Satellite Projects RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- Moscow's decision to shut down 11 US GPS ground stations located on Russian territory will not affect the ERA-Glonass accident response project and other satellite services currently employing GPS signals, the national navigation services provider NIS Glonass said Monday.
  • U.S. And NATO Say No Russian Troop Withdrawal RFE/RL 19 May 2014 -- The United States and NATO say they've seen no sign Russian troops have moved away from the border with Ukraine, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had ordered such a move.
  • Putin Orders Troops to Return to Permanent Bases After Drills Near Ukraine RIA Novosti 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the return of all troops involved in drills in the Rostov, Belgorod, and Bryansk regions on the border with Ukraine to their permanent bases, the Kremlin said.
  • Putin Orders Troops Away from Ukraine Border VOA 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops he said were staging military drills in areas near Ukraine to return to their home bases.
  • Russia Orders Troops Back, Calls For 'Rethinking' Ties With West RFE/RL 19 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops stationed near Ukraine's border to return to their home bases.
  • Compromise possible on European missile shield - Russian Defense Ministry VoR 19 May 2014 -- The United States disregards the Russian Defense Ministry's proposals related to the European missile shield, but a compromise is still possible, which will strengthen both NATO's and Russia's security, said Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov. 'I last held talks on this problem in New York in December 2013. We handed our American counterparts proposals on how this situation could be dealt with.
  • FBI Wary Of Possible Russian Spies Lurking In U.S. Tech Sector RFE/RL 17 May 2014 -- During the heady days of the U.S. 'reset' policy with Russia, the high-tech sector emerged as a potential centerpiece for bilateral commercial and scientific cooperation, underscored by Internet-savvy Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's 2010 visit to Silicon Valley.
  • Russia Mulls Recognizing Crimean Tatars as Indigenous People – Putin RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russia may consider a proposal to acknowledge the Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people, but first the issue needs to be carefully studied, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • Crimeans Not Bargaining Chip in Russia-Ukraine Disputes – Putin RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- The people of Crimea should not be pawns in disputes between Ukraine and Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
  • Putin Says Rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars Sets Base for Further Development RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday a decree on the rehabilitation of Crimea's Tatars, who suffered during the repression of the Stalin era, will lay a foundation for improving the lives of the Tatar people.
  • U.S. Deadline Nears In Magnitsky Sanctions Bid RFE/RL 16 May 2014 -- The Obama administration faces a looming deadline to respond to U.S. lawmakers calling for fresh sanctions against alleged Russian rights abusers, a move that supporters say can ratchet up pressure on the Kremlin over its recent actions in Ukraine.
  • Russian Baltic Fleet Marines Practice Landing Op Near Kaliningrad RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- More than 300 marines of the Russian Baltic Fleet conducted a training assault Friday on the coastline of a hypothetical aggressor in the Kaliningrad region, the fleet's press service said.
  • Russian Rocket Fails, Communications Satellite Destroyed RFE/RL 16 May 2014 -- Russia's Federal Space Agency says a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Russian-built communications satellite burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere on May 16 after the rocket failed to reach its intended orbit.
  • Russian Space Agency Still Uncertain Over Cause of Proton Failure RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russian space agency Roscosmos investigates several possible causes of the recent Proton-M rocket failure, which resulted in the loss of an advanced telecoms satellite, Russian space chief Oleg Ostapenko said Friday.
  • Crashed Russian Proton Rocket Insured for $225Mln RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- A Russian Proton-M rocket that crashed early Friday while carrying the advanced Express-AM4R satellite was insured for 7.8 billion rubles ($224 million), the Khrunichev company that built the rocket said.
  • New ISS Expedition Unaffected by Proton Crash – Roscosmos RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- The investigation into the crash of a Russian Proton-M rocket will not affect the launch of the next crew to the International Space Station, the head of the Russian space agency told RIA Novosti Friday.
  • Proton-M Rocket Carrying Advanced Satellite Burned Up Over China, No Debris RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- The third stage of a Russian Proton-M rocket carrying an advanced satellite burned up in the atmosphere above China on Friday, with no debris reaching Earth, the head of the Russian space agency told RIA Novosti Friday.
  • Russia's Proton-M Rocket Lost After Unspecified Failure RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket suffered an unknown failure and was lost early on Friday, about nine minutes after being launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, Russian space industry sources said.
  • US, Britain: Tough Sanctions Against Russia if Ukraine Vote Is Disrupted VOA 15 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague say the United States and European Union will hit Russia with far tougher economic sanctions if it tries to disrupt next week's presidential election in Ukraine. Kerry and Hague discussed the crisis in Ukraine Thursday in London with foreign ministers from France, Italy, and Germany.
  • Putin expects more active EU role in solving Ukraine gas debt problem VoR 15 May 2014 -- Russia is disappointed by the absence of EU specific proposals on solving the Ukraine gas debt problem and expects European countries to play a more active role in this process, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. In a special address to European leaders, Putin said that Russia's decision to demand advance payments for natural gas deliveries to Ukraine was a forced measure.
  • Russia forced to supply gas to Ukraine upon prepayment only - Putin VoR 15 May 2014 -- There was no choice over the decision to demand pre-payment from Ukraine, and Moscow is prepared for dialogue to normalize the situation, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. 'I would like to point out once again. This (transition to a pre-payment system) is a forced one,' he said in a message distributed by the Kremlin's press-service. Ukraine's gas debt has rocketed to $3.508 billion from $2.237 billion over a month, added the President.
  • Kiev violating Geneva agreement: Russia Iran Press TV 15 May 2014 -- Russia has said Ukraine's failure to jump-start the national reconciliation process is in violation of the April 17 Geneva agreement.
  • US to purchase Russian rocket engines after 2016 VoR 15 May 2014 -- Russia's Energomash is going to export new rocket engines RD-181 for Antares launch systems to the US after 2016, the manufacturer's executive director Vladimir Solntsev said on Thursday, according to Itar-Tass.
  • Russia warns of retaliation against West bans: Lavrov Iran Press TV 15 May 2014 -- Russia has warned that it may consider taking retaliatory measures if the West's "hysterical" policy of sanctions against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine continues.
  • Moscow Uses Divide-And-Conquer Strategy With Crimean Tatars RFE/RL 15 May 2014 -- A small group of activists and local residents will gather in Kazan this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of Josef Stalin's brutal deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944.
  • Russia, Cuba Agree on Security Cooperation VOA 14 May 2014 -- Russia's Security Council and Cuba's Commission for National Security and Defense have signed a memorandum on cooperation and agreed to establish a joint working group, the secretary of the Russian Security Council said Wednesday.
  • Any attempt to grant NATO membership to Ukraine would hurt European security - Lavrov VoR 14 May 2014 -- Ukraine 'is as close to civil war as you can get' and a solution must be found that satisfies all regions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Russia has 'no intention' of sending its troops anywhere, Lavrov said in an interview today with Bloomberg Television at the Foreign Ministry building in central Moscow.
  • Ukraine on brink of civil war: Russia FM Iran Press TV 14 May 2014 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that Ukraine is on the brink of a civil war, as Kiev is set to hold talks over the country's crisis.
  • Russia Has Strong Suspicions of US Mercenary Activity in Ukraine - Lavrov RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- Moscow believes information that Western, first and foremost American, mercenaries are operating in Ukraine to be true, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
  • Russia Baffled by UN-Labeled Helicopters Used in Ukraine's Crackdown RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Wednesday for an explanation as to why the Kiev authorities used a helicopter with UN signage during special operations in southeastern Ukraine.
  • Russian, European Lawmakers Interested in Dialogue on Ukraine RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, emphasized Wednesday the importance of dialogue between Russian and foreign lawmakers, and said more contacts were planned in the near future.
  • GPS Expert Dismisses Russian Threat To Suspend Operations RFE/RL 14 May 2014 -- One of the creators of the U.S.-based Global Positioning System (GPS) has dismissed a threat by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin to suspend the work of U.S. ground systems in Russia, saying it would not have any effect on users, except for possibly Russians themselves.
  • Russia Aims To Quit International Space Station After 2020 RFE/RL 14 May 2014 -- Three crew members have returned to Earth after spending half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS), as Russia raises questions about the future of the orbiting laboratory.
  • Soyuz Space Capsule Returns Astronauts Safely to Earth RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- Three astronauts made a safe return to Earth from the International Space Station on Wednesday, landing in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz TMA-11M capsule, a spokesman for the Mission Control Center told RIA Novosti.
  • Russian navy ships depart for joint exercise with China People's Daily 14 May 2014 -- Russian navy ships left here Wednesday for Shanghai to take part in a joint naval drill with the Chinese navy.
  • Russia to Refit 2 Sierra-Class Nuclear Subs RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract to refit two Soviet-era Sierra-class multipurpose nuclear submarines, the Zvezdochka shipyard said Wednesday.
  • Lavrov Says Hysterical US Policy Makes Russia Consider Appropriate Response RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- Russia will be obliged to take retaliatory measures if the West continues its sanctions policy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
  • France Honoring its Mistral Contract Obligations - Lavrov RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- France is honoring all obligations it undertook under a contract to build Mistral-class helicopter-carrying warships for Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
  • Israel Blocks Russian Warship From Docking Over Ukraine - Report RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- Israel has refused to allow a Russian missile ship to anchor at one of its ports to prevent straining relations with the United States in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, Israel's Haaretz daily reported Wednesday quoting a senior Israeli official.
  • France May Review Mistral Warship Contract With Russia in October RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- France must legally fulfill its contract with Russia for the delivery of two Mistral helicopter-carrying warships, but the decision could still be reviewed, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said while speaking in Washington on Tuesday.
  • Pacific Fleet Warships Head to Shanghai for Russia-China Drills RIA Novosti 14 May 2014 -- A Russian Pacific Fleet squadron, led by the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, sailed from Vladivostok on Wednesday to participate in the Russia-China exercises Naval Interaction-2014, a military spokesman told RIA Novosti.
  • Elections Seen Giving Moscow Bigger Anchor In European Parliament RFE/RL 13 May 2014 -- European Parliament elections later this month are likely to see a surge by fringe parties both on the right and left, leaving Vladimir Putin's Russia as one of the potential winners.
  • Kerry to Russia: Don't Interfere in Ukraine Poll VOA 13 May 2014 -- In another sign of support for Ukraine and warning to Russia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that with upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine, its people should be able to forge their own destiny.
  • Kiev refuses to engage in dialogue: Moscow Iran Press TV 13 May 2014 -- Russia has accused the pro-Western interim leaders in Ukraine of refusing to negotiate with pro-Moscow activists in the south and east of the country.
  • Russia Retaliates Over Sanctions - from Space VOA 13 May 2014 -- Russia says it will withdraw support for the International Space Station by the end of the decade, in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow for annexing Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
  • No more US GPS stations in Russia from June 1 - Russian vice premier VoR 13 May 2014 -- Russia will suspend the work carrid out by US GPS stations sited within its borders if no agreement is reached to set up GLONASS ground stations in the US, said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to the press.
  • Russia's Black Sea Fleet to Receive 30 New Ships by 2020 – Navy Commander RIA Novosti 13 May 2014 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet will be strengthened with some 30 warships, submarines and auxiliary vessels in the next six years, the head commander of the Russian navy said Tuesday.
  • Russia to Station Aircraft, Ships Throughout Crimea – Navy Chief RIA Novosti 13 May 2014 -- The Russian Black Sea Fleet will have a sophisticated network of naval and airbases in Crimea following the region's reunification with Russia, the country's chief naval commander said Tuesday.
  • Russia Ready to Continue Helicopter Supplies to India RIA Novosti 13 May 2014 -- The Russian Helicopters company is ready to supply additional helicopters to India, Russia's largest partner on military and technical cooperation, CEO Alexander Mikheyev told reporters Wednesday.
  • Russian-Kazakh Joint Air Defense Shield to be used only in times of war - Astana official VoR 13 May 2014 -- Kazakhstan and Russia are planning to build their Joint Air Defense Shield in order to defend the territorial integrity and independence of both states, Kazakh Deputy Defense Minister Okas Saparov has said.
  • EU Further Expands Sanctions List Over Ukraine's Crisis RFE/RL 13 May 2014 -- The European Union has expanded its sanctions over Ukraine's crisis after pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk declared independence from Ukraine and separatists in Donetsk asked Moscow to allow their self-declared "republic" to join the Russian Federation.
  • EU Steps Up Diplomatic Efforts To Resolve Ukraine Crisis RFE/RL 13 May 2014 -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said it is 'critically important' to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis.
  • May 11 referendums should be treated as signals of deep Ukraine statehood crisis - Moscow VoR 13 May 2014 -- Moscow believes that the May 11 referendums held in Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk regions should be taken as confirmation of the depth of the crisis in Ukraine. 'The referendums recently held in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine should be perceived as a clear signal to Kiev indicating a deep crisis of mutual understanding, [a crisis] of Ukraine's own statehood in the broad sense of the word,' the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and head of the European Union Delegation to Russia, Vygaudas Usackas.
  • All Russian warships get opportunity to undergo scheduled repairs in Sevastopol VoR 13 May 2014 -- From now on, the Russian warships on a mission in the Mediterranean will undergo scheduled maintenance at the Ship Repair Yard 13 of the Black Sea Fleet, a spokesman for the Russian Navy told Interfax-AVN on Monday. 'The first Russian warship to have arrived at the Black Sea Fleet's base in Sevastopol is the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Levchenko of the Russian Northern Fleet.
  • Luhansk Keeps Open Possibility of Referendum on Joining Russia RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The leadership of the Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine does not rule out the possibility of a referendum on joining Russia, said Vasiliy Nikitin, a representative of the region's self-defense forces.
  • Moscow Respects Choice of Ukrainian People in Referendums RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The Kremlin said Monday it respects the choice that the people in Ukraine's southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces made during referendums on self-rule on Sunday and hopes the government in Kiev will follow suit.
  • Russian Parliament Will Consider East Ukraine in Relations With Kiev RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The Russian parliament will take into account the position of Donetsk and Luhansk in further relations with Ukraine, Russian lawmaker Leonid Slutsky said Monday.
  • Donetsk Separatists Call For Moscow Absorption Following Vote RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk on May 12 declared independence and asked Russia to consider absorbing the eastern Ukrainian region.
  • Russia Calls For Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists On Self-Rule RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- The Russian government says Ukrainian officials in Kyiv should hold talks with pro-Russian separatists on the results of widely disputed self-rule referendums in eastern Ukraine.
  • Putin, OSCE chairman-in-office note importance of establishing dialogue between Kiev, southeastern Ukraine VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Swiss President, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairman-in-Office Didier Burkhalter have discussed the Ukrainian issue on the telephone. 'Following the meeting held in Moscow on May 7, the discussion of the situation in Ukraine was continued taking into account the referendum results in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,' the Kremlin press office said.
  • Moscow respects expression of Donetsk, Lugansk residents' will - Kremlin VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russia was closely following the preparations for and the course of the referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, and respects the choice made by the population, the Kremlin said. 'We have taken note of high voter turnout despite attempts to derail the voting and we condemn the force used, including military hardware, against civilians, which lead to fatalities,' the Kremlin said.
  • No need for new international talks on Ukraine: Russia Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has ruled out the need for new international talks on Ukraine, saying tensions in the Eastern European country will only de-escalate if rival sides hold direct talks.
  • EU expands sanctions against Russia: Diplomats Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- The European Union (EU) has ramped up sanctions against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the bloc's diplomats say.
  • EU sanctions 13 Russians, two companies VoR 12 May 2014 -- Ministers of foreign affairs of 28 EU member countries have included another 13 people and 2 Crimean companies to the sanctions list against Russia, a European diplomatic source told TASS on the margins of the ministerial meeting on Monday.
  • France won't cancel warship deal with Russia - sources VoR 12 May 2014 -- France will press ahead with a $1.66 billion contract to sell helicopter carriers to Russia because cancelling the deal would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow, French diplomatic sources said on Monday, according to Reuters.
  • Russia destroys 80% of its chemical weapons arsenal VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russia accomplishes its international commitments in the field of chemical weapons destruction in full and on schedule.
  • Romania Wants Russia To Explain Official's Threatening Remarks RFE/RL 11 May 2014 -- Romania wants an explanation from Russia over threatening remarks made by a senior Kremlin official.
  • Sanctions Leave U.S. Companies Jittery Over Murky Russian Business Ties RFE/RL 10 May 2014 -- When thousands of fans packed Helsinki's Hartwall Arena this week to rock out to the music of U.S. industrial metal band Nine Inch Nails, they likely gave little thought to the Russian industrialists who own the venue.
  • Putin oversees countrywide military drills People's Daily 09 May 2014 -- MOSCOW, May 8 -- Russia's strategic forces conducted planned exercises Thursday in the country under the supervision of President Vladimir Putin, the Interfax news agency reported.
  • Putin Presides Over Massive Victory Day Ceremonies RFE/RL 09 May 2014 -- Speaking at massive Victory Day ceremonies in Moscow's Red Square, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the 'iron will' and resilience of the Russian people saved Europe from slavery.
  • Putin, On Visit To Crimea, Hails Return Of Peninsula To 'Motherland' RFE/RL 09 May 2014 -- President Vladimir Putin has used his first visit to Crimea since that Ukrainian republic's recent annexation by Russia to hail the peninsula's return 'to the fold of the motherland.'
  • Putin in Crimea in First Visit Since Annexation VOA 09 May 2014 -- President Vladimir Putin declared his country is now stronger with the annexation of Crimea during his first visit to the region to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of Nazi occupation in the region.
  • West and Russia in Diplomatic Bind Over Ukraine VOA 08 May 2014 -- The crisis in Ukraine has the United States, Europe and Russia in a diplomatic bind, analysts say, with little immediate prospect for a lasting solution.
  • Ukraine Separatists to Hold Secession Vote VOA 08 May 2014 -- Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of holding a referendum on independence on Sunday as planned.
  • Poll: Most Ukrainians Want United Country VOA 08 May 2014 -- A survey of nearly 1,700 Ukrainians say they want their country to remain united, even as divisions remain about Russia's influence and regional differences highlight tensions over the government in Kyiv, a poll released on Thursday found.
  • Russia vows further efforts to resolve Ukrainian crisis VoR 08 May 2014 -- Russia will continue efforts to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and calls on the West to press the Kiev regime to start all-inclusive dialogue on national reconciliation, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday, May 8, according to RIA Novosti. 'Russia is ready to continue its fair and consistent search for compromises in terms of external influence on the internal conflict in Ukraine,' the ministry stated.
  • Kiev upsets OSCE efforts to launch inclusive dialogue in Ukraine - Russia Foreign Ministry VoR 08 May 2014 -- Kiev has essentially jeopardized the efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to launch an inclusive dialogue in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, May 8. 'The reaction to the results of the Moscow meeting between the presidents of Russia and Switzerland that came from the Kiev authorities, who have essentially jeopardized the OSCE efforts to launch an inclusive dialogue, is deeply regrettable,' the ministry said.
  • East Ukraine operation will continue regardless of referendum decision - Kiev official VoR 08 May 2014 -- Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy has announced that the Armed Forces operation in the east of the country will continue regardless of any decision to be made by representatives of the 'Donetsk People's Republic' concerning their so-called referendum, set for May 11.
  • Belarusian President Offers to Coordinate on Ukraine With Moscow RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko suggested to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the two countries could coordinate joint activities in regard to the situation in Ukraine.
  • Russian Defense Official Bashes NATO for Ignoring Troop Pullout RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has urged the United States and NATO to stop lying to the global community about Russia's alleged military presence on the Ukrainian border.
  • Russia Returns 5 More Navy Ships to Ukraine RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- Russia has transferred five additional ships to Ukrainian command, with the vessels already having arrived in Odessa, the acting head of the Sevastopol administration told RIA Novosti Thursday.
  • Russia holds war games to repel nuke strike Iran Press TV 08 May 2014 -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia's military is totally ready while overseeing military drills involving Russia's military forces as tensions grow with the West over the Ukraine crisis.
  • Obama To End Special Trade Benefits For Russia RFE/RL 08 May 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama plans to halt Russia's eligibility for trade benefits under a program that assists developing countries.
  • Russia to Quadruple Precision Strategic Weapon Platforms by 2021 RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- Russia will quadruple its arsenal of long-range precision delivery platforms in the next seven years to strengthen the country's strategic deterrent, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.
  • Russian Tu-95 Bear Bomber Launches Cruise Missiles During Drills RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- A Russian strategic TU-95 "Bear" bomber launched six cruise missiles against ground targets during military drills Thursday overseen by President Vladimir Putin.
  • Russia Test Launches ICBM During Exercises Led by Putin RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- Russia's strategic missile forces test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during a training exercise on Thursday under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin.
  • Putin Warns of Growing Militant Nationalism, Nazi Ideology in Europe RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- Militant nationalism, which has led to the appearance of Nazi ideology, is raising its head in Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
  • Russian Aircraft Carrier Group Enters English Channel RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- A group of warships from Russia's Northern Fleet led by the aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov entered the English Channel Thursday, the head of the Western Military District's press service for the Northern Fleet told RIA Novosti.
  • Putin Showcases Russian Military Preparedness to Neighbors RIA Novosti 08 May 2014 -- Russian strategic offensive and defensive forces are prepared and proficient, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday after overseeing a routine drill of the country's armed forces.
  • President Putin discusses Ukraine with Russia's Security Council VoR 08 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin had an urgent meeting with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council late on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov reported.
  • Situation in eastern Ukraine stabilizes after Putin's meeting with OSCE head VoR 07 May 2014 -- The situation in the Donetsk region has stabilized; there are no hostilities, representative of the self-defense of Donbass said. 'The mortar fire in Slavyansk stopped. The situation also remains calm in Mariupol after the restoration of control over the city council. Neither is there any fighting in other towns of Donetsk region,' he said.
  • Press statements and replies to journalists' questions President of Russia 07 May 2014 --"In this context, we appeal too, to representatives of southeast Ukraine and supporters of federalisation to hold off the referendum scheduled for May 11, in order to give this dialogue the conditions it needs to have a chance."
  • Explainer: Why The Russia-Ukraine Gas Dispute Is Making Europe Worried RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- The European Union gets about one-third of its natural gas from Russia, and about half of that gas arrives in Europe via pipelines passing through Ukraine. Moscow is threatening to cut off natural-gas deliveries to Ukraine unless Kyiv promptly pays its outstanding bills. And that means the EU could potentially be caught in the cross fire.
  • Putin Calls For Postponement Of Referendums In East Ukraine RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone plans to conduct referendums on self-determination planned for May 11.
  • Russia and China to Conduct Joint Naval Drills RIA Novosti 07 May 2014 -- The Russian Pacific Fleet and the Chinese navy will conduct a joint large-scale cooperative training exercise scheduled for mid-May, a military spokesman told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
  • OPINION: Russia Could Station Missiles in Europe in Response to NATO Moves RIA Novosti 07 May 2014 -- Russia could deploy short-range Iskander missiles in the country's westernmost Kaliningrad region if NATO decides to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe, Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky told RIA Novosti.
  • Russian Destroyer Joins Mediterranean Task Force RIA Novosti 07 May 2014 -- The Russian Udaloy-class destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov has joined the permanent Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean Sea, Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.
  • Linking Russian warplanes' flights over Pacific with Ukrainian crisis demonstrates poor knowledge – ministry VoR 07 May 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry commented on Tuesday on Commander of the US Pacific Air Forces Herbert Carlyle's statement alleging that Russian long-range warplanes' heightened activity in the air space over the Pacific Ocean is connected with the developments in Ukraine.
  • May 6, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry Remarks With EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 06 May 2014
  • DOD Works to Counter Russian Intervention in Ukraine AFPS 06 May 2014 -- The Defense Department is working with the State Department and NATO allies to provide reassurance, deterrence and support to Ukraine, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today.
  • Kerry Calls Eastern Ukraine Referendum 'Crimea Play-Book' RFE/RL 06 May 2014 -- Washington has denounced what it calls 'contrived and bogus' plans by pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine to conduct a weekend referendum on self-determination.
  • Kerry to Russia: Don't Sabotage Ukraine Poll VOA 06 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday again warned Russia of increased sanctions if it tries to sabotage presidential elections in Ukraine, while on Capital Hill some lawmakers expressed frustration with what they see as the Obama administration's incremental measures.
  • West turns blind eye to true causes of Odessa tragedy - Russian FM Sergei Lavrov VoR 06 May 2014 -- Western countries remain indifferent to the causes of last week's tragedy in Ukraine's southern city of Odessa that claimed dozens of lives, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. 'Even though the West condemns the Odessa tragedy, it's turning a blind eye to the true causes of it,' Lavrov said during the Council of Europe's ministerial meeting in Vienna. The Russian foreign minister added that Western countries had concealed and justified actions aimed at the rehabilitation of Nazi collaborators by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko under the guise of Ukrainian patriotism.
  • Moscow Slams West for Pushing Own Agenda in Ukraine RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Russia believes the tensions that have "ripened" in Ukrainian society were used by Western countries to advance their own interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Lavrov Says External Players Should Contribute to Dialogue in Ukraine RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- External players, including Russia, the US and the EU, must help promote dialogue in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Lavrov Warns Against Excluding Ukraine Opposition from 4-Party Talks RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Moscow does not believe holding new multilateral talks on Ukraine would be effective without representation from the country's opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Moscow Urges UN to Remain Impartial on Ukrainian Issues RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- A senior Russian diplomat has called on UN officials to be as impartial as possible while assessing the ongoing events in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
  • Russia Launches Military Satellite Into Orbit RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Russia on Tuesday launched a carrier rocket from its northern Plesetsk space center to put a military satellite in orbit, the Defense Ministry said.
  • European missile shield to increase, has anti-Russian potential - ministry VoR 06 May 2014 -- The European elements of the United States national missile defense system are aimed against Russia and their potential will only grow over time, head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation Sergei Koshelev told reporters.
  • Moscow Open About Military Drills Near Ukrainian Border – Lavrov RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Moscow has nothing to hide about military exercises conducted near the Ukrainian border and international inspections have already proven them non-threatening, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Russian Pacific Military Flights Unrelated to Ukraine – Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday it was surprised at a statement by US General Herbert Carlisle of an increase in flights of Russian long-range aircraft over the Pacific Ocean amid the situation in Ukraine.
  • New Ships, Subs to Boost Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Crimea RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet headquartered in the Crimea region that recently reunified with Russia will be beefed up with a slew of next-generation warships and submarines, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
  • Russia to Spend $2.4 Bln on Black Sea Fleet by 2020 RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet will receive more than 86 billion rubles ($2.4 billion) for development in the period to 2020, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
  • OPINION: St. George's Ribbon Campaign Promotes Patriotism RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- St. George's ribbon is perceived in many countries of the former USSR as a symbol of Russia, and in Russia itself it contributes to the shaping of the national idea of patriotism, according to experts.
  • Russian Air Force planes over neutral Pacific Ocean waters cannot be called 'challenge' to US VoR 06 May 2014 -- The flights of planes of the Russian Air Force over neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean cannot be called 'a challenge' to the United States, a high-ranking official of the Russian Defense Ministry told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday, commenting on a statement by US Pacific Air Forces Commander General Herbert J. Carlisle regarding intensified flights of Russia's long-range aviation planes over the Pacific in connection with the developments in Ukraine, TASS reports.
  • Iraq to receive first batch of Russian Night Hunter helicopters before end of 2014 VoR 06 May 2014 -- The Iraqi Air Force will receive Russia's Mil Mi-28NE 'Night Hunter' military helicopters before the end of this year, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Konstantin Biryulin told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
  • NATO's Top Commander: Russia Won't Invade Ukraine VOA 05 May 2014 -- NATO's top military commander, General Philip Breedlove, said he does not think Russia will invade Ukraine, adding that the Kremlin has other ways to achieve its goals.
  • A report on human rights violations in Ukraine presented to the President of Russia President of Russia 05 May 2014 -- The President of the Russian Federation received the White Book, a report prepared by Russia’s Foreign Ministry, which lists numerous facts of human rights violations in Ukraine in the period from late November 2013 to late March 2014.
  • Russian Report Highlights Rights Violations in Ukraine – Kremlin RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- Russia has compiled a "White Book" listing some of the most atrocious attacks on human rights in Ukraine to raise awareness of the situation in this stricken country, the Kremlin said Monday.
  • Lawlessness in Ukraine Could Lead to Conflicts in Europe – Moscow RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The continuation of lawlessness in Ukraine may lead to the escalation of conflicts throughout Europe, according to a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry published on the Kremlin's website Monday.
  • Russia Compiles 'White Book' of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has compiled a "White Book" that describes the most heinous human rights violations perpetrated during the crisis in Ukraine, the ministry said in a statement Monday.
  • Kazakhstan Urges Talks With Russia, Ukraine for Launch Pad Project RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The head of the Kazakh space agency on Monday called for trilateral talks between Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan to discuss a new launch facility at the country's Baikonur space center.
  • Russia warns of humanitarian disaster in eastern Ukraine VoR 05 May 2014 -- Russia's foreign ministry on Monday warned that towns in eastern Ukraine encircled by Ukrainian troops were facing a humanitarian disaster with shortages of medicine and food. 'A humanitarian disaster is brewing in the encircled towns - there is already a lack of medicine and there are starting to be disruptions of food supplies,' the ministry said in a statement.
  • Ukraine delays delivery of equipment for Russian defense industry VoR 05 May 2014 -- Ukraine is delaying the delivery of gas turbines for Russian defense enterprises while not refusing to supply them, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said on Monday, May 5.
  • Acting President In Kyiv Says Russia 'Is At War' With Ukraine RFE/RL 05 May 2014 -- Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says Russia 'is at war' with his country, and that local and institutional support for Moscow is a 'colossal problem' in eastern Ukraine.'
  • Odesa Pro-Russia Detainees Transferred To Central Ukraine RFE/RL 05 May 2014 -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says 42 people detained over recent deadly violence in Odesa have been transferred to detention facilities in central Ukraine.
  • Russia to provide Syria with first batch of jet trainers until end of 2014 VoR 05 May 2014 -- Russia plans to send the initial batch of the Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers to Syria until the end of 2014, with further plans to fully complete the contract for 36 aircraft in 2016, the Kommersant newspaper wrote Monday, citing a source close to Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
  • Russia writes off nearly $10 bln in North Korean debt VoR 05 May 2014 -- Russia has written off 90% or nearly $10 billion in North Korean debt, with some of the remaining $1 billion to be reinvested in projects in North Korea, possibly including preparations to build a gas pipeline and railway to the South.
  • Dialogue needed between Kiev authorities and southeastern Ukraine - Putin in conversation with Merkel VoR 04 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel had a phone conversation on Sunday in accordance with a prior arrangement. Putin and Merkel continued discussing the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service has reported. Putin and Merkel pointed out the importance of taking effective international measures, primarily through the OSCE, to relieve the tensions in Ukraine. In this regard, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter will arrive in Moscow on May 7, the press service said.
  • Preparations for Victory Day parade in Crimea causes hysterics in Ukrainian media VoR 04 May 2014 -- Preparations for the Victory Day parade in Crimea have scared Kiev. Ukrainians spotted Russian fighter aircraft and bombers in the sky above the peninsula. The aircraft were drilling aerobatic maneuvers and special effects for their performance in Sevastopol during the Victory Day parade. Crimeans themselves were not in the least worried by the squadrons of Russian planes, while in the Ukraine their drill created a flap.
  • Ukraine PM Says Odesa Violence Engineered By Russia RFE/RL 04 May 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russia of engineering this week's violence in Odesa that left dozens of people dead.
  • Kerry to Russia: Stop Supporting Ukraine Separatists VOA 03 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is strongly condemning the continuing violence in Ukraine, and he says Russia will face tougher economic sanctions if it does not stop trying to interfere with elections called by the Kyiv government. Kerry is on a trip through Africa; he spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Saturday about the situation in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine Anti-Terror Chief: This Is War VOA 03 May 2014 -- Ukraine expanded its military offensive Saturday against pro-Russia separatists in the country's chaotic east, where European observers who had been held hostage by militants now have been freed. And there is mourning in Odessa, in southern Ukraine, where more than 42 people died Friday during clashes between the two sides.
  • EU Urges Russia, Ukraine to Settle Energy Dispute VOA 03 May 2014 -- Russia's confrontation with the West over the growing unrest in eastern Ukraine could lead to another energy crisis in the European countries that are dependent on Russian energy. Europe gets about one-third of its gas supplies from Russia, and about half of it is dispatched through Ukraine. Europeans are increasingly looking into alternative sources of energy to reduce their reliance on Russia. Meanwhile, the EU is mediating a deal between Russia and Ukraine that would secure a steady gas supply for next winter.
  • Events in Ukraine prove Russia's position on Crimea right – Putin's spokesperson VoR 03 May 2014 -- The latest events in Ukraine prove that Russia's position on Crimea was the only correct one, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday, May 3. 'We understand how justified and correct the actions taken by President Putin, Russia and the people of Crimea were,' he said. 'If Putin had not assumed a firm position and the people of Crimea had not voted for reunification with Russia, the bloodshed similar to that in the southeast of Ukraine could be happening now in Crimea,' he said, TASS reports.
  • Moscow expresses concerns about reports on preparations by Ukrainian troops to storm Slavyansk VoR 03 May 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier had a phone conversation on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry has reported. Lavrov expressed concerns about the reports 'on the preparation by the Ukrainian army with support from Right Sector to storm some cities in the southeastern regions of Ukraine, including the city of Slavyansk,' the report says.
  • Russia urges US to press Ukraine over operations Iran Press TV 03 May 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged the Unites States to use its influence to make Ukraine's interim government immediately stop military operations in the country's southeastern part.
  • Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Ukraine Crisis As Offensive Continues RFE/RL 03 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, have spoken by telephone about the escalating crisis in Ukraine.
  • Obama, Merkel Warn Russia on Ukraine VOA 02 May 2014 -- If Moscow continues fueling unrest in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and others in his leadership circle will face increasingly broad sanctions, U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday.
  • Russia calls urgent UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine VoR 02 May 2014 -- Russia called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday to discuss the 'serious escalation of violence in Ukraine,' where security forces have clashed with pro-Moscow separatists.
  • Kiev authorities violate rudely April 17 Geneva announcement - Russian FM VoR 02 May 2014 -- Ukrainian authorities have breached their responsibilities in the April 17 Geneva announcement by starting military operations in the southeastern city of Slaviansk, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. 'The regime in Kiev, which had already breached the February 21 agreement, has now vulgarly breached its responsibilities according to the Geneva announcement dated April 17, which demands immediate steps to cease all violence,' the statement reads.
  • Russia calls emergency UNSC meeting on Ukraine Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- Russia has called an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "serious escalation of violence in Ukraine" amid a military operation against pro-Russian protesters.
  • 'We're Not Laughing Anymore,' Says EU Commissioner On Relations With Russia RFE/RL 02 May 2014 -- The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Stefan Fuele, says the EU has contributed to the current conflict in Ukraine by 'failing' to understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's past statements about the legacy of the U.S.S.R.
  • Obama, Merkel threaten to impose new sectoral sanctions on Russia VoR 02 May 2014 -- President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel mounted a display of trans-Atlantic unity Friday against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seemed to be doing little to change Vladimir Putin's behavior toward Ukraine.
  • Russia says Kiev's plan to storm southeastern regions to have catastrophic consequences VoR 01 May 2014 -- Kiev's plans to conduct a military operation in Southeastern regions of Ukraine may lead to catastrophic consequences, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Moscow has also urged Kiev, as well as the United States and the European Union to avoid committing 'criminal errors' over this situation, according to a statement published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
  • Russia involved in Ukraine, Kerry claims Iran Press TV 01 May 2014 -- The US secretary of state claims Washington has obtained intercepted phone calls proving Russia's involvement in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, a report says.
  • Kremlin Says Germany's Merkel Asks Putin To Help Release OSCE Observers RFE/RL 01 May 2014 -- The Kremlin press service on May 1 reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help free a team of OSCE observers that had been captured in eastern Ukraine.



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