President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 2 ordered construction sped up on a multi-billion-dollar spaceport in Russia's Far East that he said would break reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and launch future missions to the Moon and Mars.
When President Barack Obama pays a short trip to Estonia on Sept. 3, he will be in a country whose transformation in one generation from Soviet republic to frontline Nato state cannot conceal the underlying trauma of its 20th-century experience.
Russia's repeated incursions into Finnish airspace are deliberate and designed to create tension, Prime Minister Stubb claimed on Aug. 30.
Moscow - If European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso indeed quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin at a European Council meeting, this is outside the framework of diplomatic practice, the Kremlin said.
U.S. President Barack Obama was due to depart for Europe on a key visit that takes him to the Baltic country of Estonia and then to Britain for a NATO summit. Obama's visit comes as tensions between Russia and the West have reached levels not seen in decades.
A new "spearhead" rapid reaction force comprising 4,000 troops deployable within 48 hours is to be the centrepiece of plans to bolster Nato's military flexibility in response to Russia's belligerence in Ukraine. The measure - designed to augment Nato's existing 14,000-man Response Force - is intended to make the alliance "fitter, faster and more flexible", according to its architects.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama is traveling to Russia's backyard for the second time this year to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression that has stoked fears in former Soviet republics.
On the 10th anniversary of the Beslan terrorist attack in which more than 330 people died, a poll revealed on Sept. 1 that fewer Russians think authorities mishandled the crisis than in 2004.
Britain and its NATO allies will agree this week on an emergency force of up to 5,000 troops ready to deploy within 48 hours in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.
MADRID - The European Union longer considers its relationship with Russia as a partnership, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said on Monday.
RIGA/VILNIUS - Nervously eyeing Russian naval manoeuvres and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flashpoint after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties.
The ruble slid to a record against the dollar for a second day as intensified fighting in Ukraine raised the likelihood that Russia will face wider European Union sanctions. Government bonds fell for a fourth day.
President Vladimir Putin has said Kazakhstan's history of independent statehood is scant and its people's desire for closer ties with Russia is profound - a rhetoric reminiscent of Moscow's stance on Ukraine - and inhabitants of Kazakhstan are worried.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the Siberian city of Yakutsk on September 1, where he will take part in a ceremony starting construction of a gas pipeline to China.
Tony Abbott has been put on a "no buy" list of Western leaders who won't be allowed to purchase cut price vodka or cigarettes ... should they ever decide to visit Russia's far east. Russian leaders have obviously decided to hit the West where they imagine it hurts, in retaliation for increased sanctions in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine.
BESLAN, Russia - Nadezhda Guriyeva huddled with her children on the floor of the sweltering school gymnasium. An explosive device rested ominously just a few feet away. The two older children, Boris and Vera, were dressed for a folk dance performance to celebrate the first day of school. The festivities never began.
The children who set off for their first day of school 10 years ago in the small Caucasus town of Beslan, North Ossetia, will graduate from high school this coming academic year - at least, those who survived will.
A Russian politician says he has been badly beaten after publicizing the funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine. Lev Shlosberg, a newspaper publisher who represents the liberal opposition Yabloko party in the regional assembly in the northwestern city of Pskov, said he was attacked late on August 29 near his home.
McDonald's Corp. (MCD), which arrived in Soviet-era Russia in 1990 and helped open the communist nation to foreign enterprise, is now under pressure to retreat.
The U.K. will press European Union leaders to consider blocking Russian access to the SWIFT banking transaction system under an expansion of sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, a British government official said.