Russia’s UN envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW, Feb 20 : Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York today after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had […]

No change in Russia’s US policy despite Trump, officials say

By Jonathan Landay MUNICH, Feb 18 : Russia has shown no change in behaviour or policies to embrace US President Donald Trump’s offer of better relations or cooperation in fighting Islamist militants, US officials and lawmakers say. Trump’s latest overture was delivered by Vice President Mike Pence today to a security conference in Germany held […]

Powers push for ceasefire, weapons withdrawal in E Ukraine from Monday

By John Irish and Andrea Shalal MUNICH, Feb 18 : Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed today to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine. Fighting has recently escalated between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the region, refocusing global attention on a simmering […]

Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia

By Maria Tsvetkova and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Feb 16 : – Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State, a concrete example of the renewed relationship between the two countries. Turkish police have raided the homes of Russian-speaking immigrants in Istanbul, […]

US lawmakers want say on any Trump Russia sanctions move

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Feb 15 : Republican and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives called today for the right to review any effort by President Donald Trump to ease sanctions on Russia, as a growing number of lawmakers worried over past contacts between his aides and Moscow. Three Republican and four Democratic […]