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  • MOSCOW— Alarmed by the number of Russians who have been killed while taking photos of themselves with smartphones, Russian police have started a new campaign called "Safe Selfies." The instructions issued Tuesday warn against standing on railroad tracks, climbing onto roofs or posing with a gun or a tiger. The most recent death occurred last week when a woman fell...

  • MOSCOW, July 7- Athens has not asked Moscow for financial help though the two have discussed joint investments, Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Tuesday. "Greece has not asked for any help, we haven't discussed such an issue," he told reporters. On Monday, President Vladimir Putin and Christine Lagarde, managing director at the International...

  • Correction: Russia-Ukraine-Gas story Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 2:19 PM ET

    MOSCOW— In a story July 1 about Gazprom halting gas supplies to Ukraine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Russia offered Ukraine a price of $247 per cubic meter. Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine after collapse of price talks; says Europe won't be hurt. The latest energy dispute comes as Russian support to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has...

  • MOSCOW— A Russian military aircraft crashed Monday while taking off on a nighttime training flight and both pilots were killed, the Defense Ministry said. Another MiG-29 crashed in southern Russia on June 4, its crew of two bailing out safely. The two crew members were unhurt in the accident, which the Defense Ministry said at the time was caused by a failure of the...

  • *Russia to host BRICS summit in city of Ufa. *Putin sees chance to show Russia not isolated. At a meeting in the remote Russian city of Ufa, originally a fortress built on the orders of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa also aim to put the last touches to a $100- billion contingency currency reserves pool.

  • *Ukraine crisis makes NATO strategy paper look outdated. BRUSSELS, July 6- NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe's security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow. The "strategic concept," adopted by NATO leaders...

  • *Stays on the good side of Russia's Putin. ASTANA/ ALMATY, July 4- Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy. "Tell me, does anyone here in Kazakhstan want...

  • MOSCOW— Russia will consider new selective retaliatory measures against some specific Western countries, the nation's security chief said Friday, pointing at Finland as a possible target. Russia may, for example, revise favorable conditions for Finnish timber traders in response to Helsinki's refusal to issue a visa to the Russian lower house speaker, the...

  • MOSCOW— Lawmakers in the Russian parliament on Friday voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request. Though similar to one recently adopted by the European Union, the Russian law is more sweeping, extending the right of removal to public figures and information that is considered in the...

  • Malaysia wants a tribunal for Malaysia Airlines crash Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:23 PM ET

    UNITED NATIONS— Malaysia told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it plans to submit a resolution soon that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, the current council president, told reporters after Malaysia's...

  • MOSCOW— A draft Dutch report into last year's crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine fails to offer a comprehensive picture, a Russian aviation official said Thursday. The Dutch Safety Board has made the draft available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Australia and the Netherlands prior to the release of the...

  • KIEV, July 2- Ukraine expects to store enough natural gas for next winter despite cutting off imports from Russia and Russian flows crossing the country destined for Europe will not be disrupted, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said on Thursday. He said Ukraine had been pumping about 60 million cubic meters of gas a day into storage before it stopped...

  • Russia warns against "colour revolution" in Armenia Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW/ YEREVAN, July 2- In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to spark a new "colour revolution" in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity prices for political ends. Russia has been wary of unrest on its borders since governments fell in Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine's 2003-04 Orange Revolution...

  • Russia warns against "color revolution" in Armenia Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW/ YEREVAN, July 2- In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to spark a new "color revolution" in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity prices for political ends. Russia has been wary of unrest on its borders since governments fell in Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine's 2003-04 Orange Revolution...

  • *Ukraine wants binding protocol until at least March next year. BRUSSELS, July 1- The biggest obstacle to a gas supply deal between Moscow and Kiev is not the price, but Russia's refusal to sign a legally binding agreement, the head of Ukraine's state gas firm Naftogaz said in an interview on Wednesday. Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolev was speaking in...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. "Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Raul...

  • GM stops production at its single plant in Russia Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    ST.PETERSBURG, Russia— General Motors has halted production at its single assembly plant in Russia as sales have plummeted amid an economic downturn. Sergei Lepnukhov, GM's spokesman in Russia, said Wednesday the plant in St. Petersburg stopped work "in the framework of the company restructuring its business model in Russia." The plant, GM's only fully owned...

  • MOSCOW, July 1- Russian state lender Sberbank intends to begin bankruptcy proceedings against three subsidiaries of indebted miner Mechel, a bank official said on Wednesday. After months of discussions with lenders and government officials to restructure its $6.6 billion net debt, Mechel has reached agreements with all of its creditors except Sberbank,...

  • KIEV/ MOSCOW, July 1- Ukraine halted natural gas imports from Russia on Wednesday after a failure to agree on a price for the third quarter, state transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said, in talks loaded with the political tension between the two. Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine were unaffected,. "From today, Ukraine is not getting gas from Russia.

  • Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:26 AM ET

    MOSCOW— The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said— but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Russia stopped deliveries at 10 a.m. because Ukraine didn't make an advance payment for...