MOSCOW -- As if Russian President Vladimir Putin did not have enough to worry about with Western sanctions, falling oil prices and a collapsing currency, there is also now the price of buckwheat.
BRUSSELS -- At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago.
PRAGUE -- Neither Russia nor any other foreign power can be allowed to dictate that Ukraine stay out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which would force the ex-Soviet state into neutrality to ensure its security, the Czech and Lithuanian foreign ministers said on Nov. 25.
PARIS - France will postpone handing over a sophisticated French-built warship to the Russian Navy "until further notice," President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. "The current situation in eastern Ukraine still does not permit the delivery of the first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship," Mr. Hollande said in a statement.
France has put on hold a controversial deal to supply Russia with two high-tech amphibious assault ships following international concern over Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine.
France has suspended "until further notice" the controversial delivery of a helicopter carrier to the Russian navy. President Francois Hollande blamed continuing unrest in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is accused of backing separatists in their fight against the government in Kyiv.
CHISINAU - Moldova President Nicolae Timofti urged citizens in an address, broadcast by Moldova-1 television on Nov. 25, to vote for the country's European future in the Nov. 30 parliamentary elections.
BRUSSELS - The so-called treaty between Russia and Abkhazia does not contribute to a lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.
PARIS/MOSCOW - A decision on the expediency of the presence of the Russian crew of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok in Saint Nazaire will be made before Dec. 1 and the sailors may return to Kronstadt, a military diplomat told Interfax-AVN on Nov. 25.
MOSCOW - Russia will not pursue claims against France for now over the Mistral warship delivery but expects the contract to be fulfilled, RIA news agency quoted Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov as saying on Nov. 25.
PARIS - France on Nov. 25 pushed back "until further notice" the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking a measured response from Moscow.
VIENNA - Russia's most powerful oil official, Igor Sechin, was due in Vienna on Nov. 25 for talks with OPEC members as the group's leader Saudi Arabia kept the market guessing about its response to flagging oil prices.
Russia has reportedly threatened to sue the French government as it refuses to hand over a helicopter carrier it had ordered. The Tass Russia news agency quoted Yuri Borisov, the country's deputy minister of defence, threatening legal action following a decision by French president Francois Hollande to indefinitely delay the delivery.
Paintings vied with politics in London this week as two of the biggest auction houses, Christie's and Sotheby's, competed with each other to cater to the hard-to-predict market for Russian art masterpieces.
A Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main suspect in a series of goat deaths in China's northeast, state media reported Chinese local authorities as saying on Nov. 25.
French President Francois Hollande delayed indefinitely on Nov. 25 his decision on whether to deliver the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers ordered by Russia but whose status is in limbo as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.
Tbilisi - There is no reason to stop the normalization dialogue with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, Special Envoy of the Georgian Prime Minister for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze has said.
PARIS -- France is suspending the planned delivery of a warship to Russia, citing the "current situation" in eastern Ukraine.
VIENNA -- Russia's most powerful oil official, Igor Sechin, was due in Vienna on Nov. 25 for talks with OPEC members as the group's leader Saudi Arabia kept the market guessing about its response to flagging oil prices.
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the collection of biometric data for personal identification of foreign citizens and stateless persons.