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EU Foreign Ministers Call For Second Geneva Meeting on Ukraine
The foreign ministers of the European Union have called for a second meeting of officials in Geneva to settle the crisis in Ukraine, the Council of Europe said Monday.
Russia’s Aeroflot Extends Freeze to Ukraine’s Donetsk, Kharkiv
Russia’s biggest airline Aeroflot has decided to prolong its freeze on flights bound for Ukraine’s Donetsk and Kharkiv until May 31, a source with the company told RIA Novosti Monday.
Moldovan Behavior on Victory Day Inadequate – Russian Foreign Ministry
Moscow sees Chisinau's reaction to Russia's participation in the Victory Day celebrations in the breakaway region of Transnistria as inadequate, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.
Russia Should Boost Presence on Asia-Pacific Markets – Medvedev
Russia should step up its presence on Asia-Pacific markets especially given the current deterioration in relations with a number of other countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.
EU Agrees to Sanctions Against 2 Crimean Companies, 13 Persons – Source
The foreign ministers of EU member states have approved sanctions against two Crimean companies and 13 individuals over the situation in Ukraine, a diplomatic source in the EU told RIA Novosti.
Russian Parliament Will Consider East Ukraine in Relations With Kiev
The Russian parliament will take into account the position of Donetsk and Luhansk in further relations with Ukraine, Russian lawmaker Leonid Slutsky said Monday.
REVIEW: Russia-EU Gas Relations Challenged by Political Games
Energy relations between Russia and the European Union have never been so politicized as they are now, not even during the Cold War, the deputy chairman of the energy committee in Russia’s lower house of parliament said Monday.
Moscow Could Replace Rio as Host of 2016 Olympics
The Russian capital is being considered as a possible replacement host for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games amid doubts that facilities in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will be completed on time, a source in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told R-Sport Monday.
Russia’s Lavrov Slams Kiev for Using Violence to Foil Referendums
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the regime in Kiev of unleashing troops and far-right radicals against Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions to foil self-rule referendums on Sunday.
Moscow Respects Choice of Ukrainian People in Referendums
The Kremlin said Monday it respects the choice that the people in Ukraine’s southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces made during referendums on self-rule on Sunday and hopes the government in Kiev will follow suit.
Kiev Must Pay Gas Debt for Moscow to Discuss Compromise – Russian Official
Discussing any compromises with Kiev over gas issues will only be possible after Ukraine pays its outstanding debt for Russian gas deliveries, Deputy Russian Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said Monday.
Moscow, Beijing Close to Gas Deal – Russian Official
A contract on Russian gas deliveries to China is nearing completion and the finishing touch may be added ahead of President Putin’s upcoming visit to Beijing, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said Monday.
Kiev Has No Grounds to Contest Referendums – Crimean Official
The authorities in Kiev have no grounds to challenge the results of Sunday’s referendums in southeastern Ukraine as no one has a moral right to obstruct a popular vote, a deputy chairman of the Crimean State Council told RIA Novosti.
Japan to Continue Discussions With Russia on WWII Peace Treaty
Japan has not given up on holding another round of negotiations with Russia on an official World War II peace treaty, Japanse Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki said Monday, according to the Kyodo news agency.
Russian Journalist Reportedly Abducted in Eastern Ukraine
Russian journalist Pavel Kanygin may have been kidnapped in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Region, the Russian Ekho Moskvy radio station reported Monday citing a photojournalist working in the region.
Putin to Clarify Stance on Ukraine Referendum After Results Announced – Report
Russian President Vladimir Putin will formulate his opinion towards the referendums in two southeastern Ukrainian regions held on Sunday after their official results are made public, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the Kommersant newspaper.
Russia May Revise Relations with Moldova if It Moves Closer to EU
Moscow could reconsider its economic ties with Chisinau if Moldova signs an association agreement with the European Union, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the Kommersant business daily.
Belarusian President Offers to Coordinate on Ukraine With Moscow
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko suggested to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the two countries could coordinate joint activities in regard to the situation in Ukraine.
OPINION: Russia Forced to React to NATO’s Eastward Enlargement
Russia will have to react if NATO is foolish enough to set up bases in western Ukraine, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar told RIA Novosti Thursday.
Moscow to Analyze Ukraine Federalists’ Decision on Referendum
The Kremlin is going to take time to analyze the situation in Ukraine after federalists in southeastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk decided to go ahead with referendums on greater autonomy, the Kremlin said Thursday.
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