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  • Ukraine: Sergei Lavrov warns Kyiv over Russian interests

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned Kyiv it will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked. In an interview with TV channel Russia Today he accused the US of 'running the show' in Ukraine and added it was 'quite telling' the ..

  • Sharapova pleased despite early Stuttgart scare

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova admits she had a tough opening in her bid to win a third straight Stuttgart WTA tournament title after her three-sets win over Lucie Safarova.Sharapova, who has never lost on her two appearances in Stuttgart after ..

  • Belarus fears Ukraine crisis threatens regional security

    Anxiety appears to be spreading among former Soviet republics in the wake of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. In an address to parliament Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko warned that Russia was trying to re-establish its full historical ..

  • Death of a politician raises tension in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s acting president has ordered the relaunch of military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east following a ratcheting up of unrest and violence in the country. Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia of aiding 'terrorists' whom ..

  • Moscow extends crackdown on troublesome civic figures

    There was a double strike on Tuesday on Russian figures whose faces do not fit in the hard-line climate now being diffused from the Kremlin, with a Moscow court finding opposition figure Aleksei Navalny guilty of slander. The court upheld an ..

  • Medvedev calls Europe’s gas threat a ‘bluff’

    In Moscow parliament has heard talk of Europe importing gas from the US as nothing more than a 'bluff'. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an address to politicians shown live on television gave his reaction to Europe’s threat of cutting back on ..

  • Philips profit falls on strong euro, slowing demand in China and Russia

    Philips’ shares tumbled on Tuesday after the healthcare, lighting and consumer appliances maker reported a bigger-than-expected fall in quarterly operating profit. It warned this year will be challenging, with slowing demand for medical equipment ..

  • NATO should act now, not later

    In Ukraine, a little force is being used early - but by only one side. Russia used a little force to occupy Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia, then to annex Crimea, and today to dominate the governance of eastern and perhaps the rest of ..

  • Ukraine: US releases photos of alleged Russian special forces in the east

    The US has released a number of photographs that appear to show the presence of Russian special forces in eastern Ukraine. The pictures, supplied by Ukrainian diplomats, purport to identify well equipped Russian military in different cities in ..

  • US and Russia trade calls for action over Geneva deal on Ukraine

    The State Department said US Secretary of State John Kerry held a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov where he urged him to meet Ukraine halfway on the deal. 'The secretary urged Russia to take concrete steps to help ..