Western nations should heed Russia's legitimate security concerns over the volatile situation in Ukraine, a top Chinese diplomat has said in a rare public statement on the crisis that has damaged relations between Russia and the West.
Kiev troops have started the long-promised withdrawal of heavy weapons from eastern Ukraine, a step required by the fragile ceasefire agreement signed earlier this month. The rebels have been criticizing their opponents for stalling the disengagement.
Kiev has been making unrealistic demands for the rebels to meet before pulling back their heavy weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. It appears that some politicians in Ukraine and the West want to derail the Minsk ceasefire, he added.
The US Supreme Court declined to intervene in a long-running battle between a US and Cuban company over the Cohiba cigar trademark. By refusing to hear an appeal, the country's highest court leaves intact a ruling in favor of the Cuban firm.
EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis have neither proved effective, nor met the expectations of those who imposed them, but brought huge losses, said Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis ahead of a visit to Moscow.
Israel was accelerating construction of the new settlements on the occupied Palestinian territories throughout 2014, setting a 10-year record for the number of construction tenders issued. The overall increase in construction starts reached 40 percent.
Sunday was "Polish day" in Kiev: Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski and the head of the European Council Donald Tusk attended the ceremonies marking the first anniversary of Viktor Yanukovich's ousting from power in Ukraine.
The US and its allies are considering extra sanctions against Moscow over the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. They have accused Russia of undermining a “European-brokered” truce between Kiev and the rebels, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
A new IAEA report has sparked a war of words ahead of key Geneva negotiations, with Israel claiming it proves that Iran is “preparing for the production of nuclear weapons,” and Tehran insisting that it shows its “transparency.”
Efficient cooperation between the EU and Russia will define the future of Europe. That’s why the EU shouldn’t waste any opportunity to unite with Russia in pursuance of a “prosperous future,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban.
Ukraine is now further from national sovereignty than it was a year ago, with the IMF running its finances and an American-born Ukrainian, Natalie Jaresko, heading the Finance Ministry, Roger Annis, Editor, Newcoldwar.org told RT’s In the Now show.