Apr 20 2014 - 21:04
John Tefft may be appointed to be the new US ambassador to Moscow, the New York Times reports. According to the newspaper, the decision has not yet been finalized, however Tefft's candidacy is expected to be put to members of the US Congress by President Barack Obama soon.
Apr 20 2014 - 18:04
The United States is interested in continuing cooperation with Russia in order to provide security in Afghanistan, Interfax cites a statement by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Eileen O'Connor.
Apr 20 2014 - 17:01
The Russian Foreign Ministry says the recent skirmish in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk was an act of provocation. According to the Russian authorities, the government in Kyiv is unable to control radical nationalists and extremists.
Apr 19 2014 - 18:26
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Anne Brasseur, says she welcomes the agreement reached by the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine in Geneva. The parties agreed that all militants should put down arms in exchange for mass amnesty and that no foreign interference should take place.
Apr 19 2014 - 17:45
European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger says any additional sanctions the EU may impose on Russia are not going to affect Russia's gas industry. The EU is not ready to stop buying Russian gas or considerably decrease the amount of purchased gas in the next several years, the official says.
Apr 19 2014 - 12:46
US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday, urging compliance with the agreement reached in Geneva this week, world media inform.
Apr 19 2014 - 10:45
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is going to examine Ukraine's decision to prohibit Russian men aged from 16 to 60 from entering its territory, the body's Secretary General Lamberto Zanier says.
Apr 18 2014 - 18:56
During a private talk with Vladimir Putin, Anders Fogh Rasmussen indeed had a recorder with him, Denmark's Ritzau news agency reports. The meeting of Rasmussen and Putin took place in Brussels in 2002, when Denmark presided in the European Union, Itar Tass reports. During his annual call-in session with the nation on Thursday, Putin expressed indignation at the fact that current NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen once, when he was Danish prime minister, secretly taped him without permission and published the private talk.