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  • MOSCOW, July 6- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Christine Lagarde, the managing director at the International Monetary Fund, discussed the Greek referendum on Monday, the Kremlin spokesman said. The phone call between Putin and Lagarde was not linked to any potential Russian help for Greece, he added. The IMF said earlier on Monday that it was monitoring 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  • *Ukraine crisis makes NATO strategy paper look outdated.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...

  • Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    MOSCOW, July 3- Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten," under which search engines must take down certain...

  • 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...

  • MOSCOW— Russian investigators announced Tuesday they are reopening the case of the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor and consider former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky a prime suspect. Khodorkovsky has lived in exile in Switzerland since his 2013 release from prison, where he spent 10 years on charges of tax evasion, embezzlement and money laundering that...

  • The Latest: Turkey wants to help Greece recover Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 3:23 AM ET

    Turkish prime minister says his country is ready to help Greece overcome its economic crisis and is offering to expand cooperation in areas such as tourism, energy and trade. Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey wants to live "in peace," and has no interest in seeing Greece "languish." Turkey and Greece have been long-time foes but the two countries have sought to build...

  • BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged undamaged from the global financial crisis, European bailouts, an astonishing u-turn on nuclear power and the crisis over Ukraine. Merkel has said repeatedly that her aim is to keep Greece in the euro. "The majority have the impression that she's doing what she can, and if it doesn't work out it probably wasn't...

  • Putin vows to further strengthen Russian military Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine. Relations between Russia and the West have sunk to post-Cold War lows after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for a...

  • MOSCOW, June 25- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday a list of banned products from Western countries could be changed according to the state of relations with the European Union and other countries. Medvedev told a government meeting he had approved an order by President Vladimir Putin to extend a ban on food imports from the West by one...

  • Russia extends ban on Western food imports for a year Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    MOSCOW— President Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's ban on the import of many agricultural products for another year. The ban was Russia's response to Western sanctions imposed last year over the Ukraine conflict. Putin said Wednesday that Russia's ban on dairy products, meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit would remain in effect until June 24, 2016.

  • MOSCOW, June 24- President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia could not provide Ukraine with the gas price discount it once had, days before new gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. Gazprom Export, the export arm of state gas producer Gazprom, which supplied Poland with 9 billion cubic metres of gas last year compared to 14.5 bcm shipped to...

  • MOSCOW, June 24- President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia could not provide Ukraine with the gas price discount it once had, days before Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will meet for another round of gas talks. Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission have been discussing the terms for Russian gas supplies to Kiev after a short-term agreement...

  • CORRECTED-Crisis? What crisis? Russia stalls on reform Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    MOSCOW, June 23- Russia's interest rates are high and inflation is racing, but all the while his country slides into recession, President Vladimir Putin denies any economic crisis. It may be bravado linked to Moscow's standoff with the West over Ukraine. But with the European Union extending sanctions on Russia and the price of oil still low, Putin's refusal to...

  • Crisis? What crisis? Russia stalls on reform Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 9:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW, June 23- Russia's interest rates are rising and inflation is racing, but all the while his country slides into recession President Vladimir Putin denies any economic crisis. It may be bravado linked to Moscow's standoff with the West over Ukraine. But with the European Union extending sanctions on Russia and the price of oil still low, Putin's refusal to...

  • The number of riot police also increased, and helmeted officers holding shields stood shoulder-to-shoulder to block the protesters from moving farther down the central avenue in Yerevan. Yerevan's deputy police chief, Valery Osipyan, told the crowd that all of the nearly 240 protesters detained early Tuesday had been released, one of the demonstrators'...

  • MOSCOW, June 22- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on transferring a 25 percent plus one share stake in medium-sized oil producer Bashneft to the region of Bashkortostan, Interfax news agency said on Monday. A Moscow court transferred shares in Bashneft from Sistema- a conglomerate owned by billionaire businessman Vladimir Yetuvshenkov-...