Federal Migration Service Director Konstantin Romodanovsky said the sharp increase in the number of foreigners coming to Russia is now posing a threat.
Georgian Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri said he expected the exchange rate of Georgia's currency, the lari, to stabilize.
Russia does not plan to introduce visas with the CIS countries, but citizens of the CIS countries should cross the border on foreign travel passports, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
A Russian diplomat has called for the adoption of a joint statement at the Russia-EU summit on the beginning of the elaboration of a visa-free travel agreement.
Europe is continuing to show increased demand for Russian gas, Gazprom reported.
Some basic principles of the European Union's gas market are not reflected in the bilateral agreements with Gazprom on the South Stream gas project with some countries which will be crossed by it, and these countries have been advised to revise these agreements, European Commission spokesperson Marlene Holtzner said in Brussels on Thursday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called the Western countries' reaction to Ukraine's refusal to sign the Association Agreement with the EU "hysteria."
Russia has begun a criminal inquiry into suspected child trafficking in the United States following a Reuters investigation which found that adopted children, some born in Russia, were being traded via the Internet.
The visa barriers envisaged by the Schengen Treaty do not match obligations assumed within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who briefly visited Chisinau on Wednesday evening, said he had come to Moldova to congratulate the country's people and leaders, who initialed an association agreement with the European Union at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, last week.
The events in Ukraine weren't discussed during the Wednesday sitting of Russia-NATO Council, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
Moscow expects that Ukrainian politicians will turn the situation in the country back onto the constitutional track, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has said he believes that the political crisis in Ukraine will soon be resolved.
Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for his role in an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet.
The United Civil Party of Belarus plans to hold rallies throughout the country in order to support the Ukrainian opposition, the party posted a statement on its Web site.
State prosecutors demanded a nine-year jail sentence on Friday for a dancer accused of ordering an acid attack that nearly blinded the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director and exposed bitter rivalries at one of Russia's great cultural institutions.
Pavel Dmitrichenko, a former soloist at the Bolshoi, showed no emotion as he sat still in a courtroom cage listening to the prosecution summary in a trial that lasted one month. The judge said she would issue a verdict on Tuesday.
MOSCOW — Russian investigators on Thursday charged a former minister of defense, Anatoly Serdyukov, with negligence for ordering the Russian military to build a road from a village to a private country residence in the south.
The St. Petersburg City Court has granted bail to Australian national Colin Russell, the radio officer of the Greenpeace-operated vessel Arctic Sunrise, who had been the only Arctic Sunrise activist remaining in custody until recently.
Vilnius - Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has said that a visit by Lithuanian Parliament Speaker Loreta Grauziniene to Ukraine should have been agreed with the Foreign Ministry.