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Russia opposition politician Nemtsov shot dead

Russia opposition politician Nemtsov shot dead

A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say. An unidentified attacker in a car shot Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say. He died hours after appealing for support for a march...

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

A deal aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been agreed, following marathon talks in Belarus. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. The deal also involves the withdrawal of heavy weapons from conflict areas, but some issues remain to be settled. The pro-Russian...

Push for peace in Ukraine to resume

Push for peace in Ukraine to resume

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to discuss a peace plan for east Ukraine with the German, French and Ukrainian leaders by phone. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are pushing a plan to end bloody fighting between government and rebel forces. Meeting Putin in Moscow on Friday, they agreed to four-way talks...

Four-way Ukraine summit planned

Four-way Ukraine summit planned

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France aim to meet in Belarus's capital Minsk on Wednesday to discuss a peace plan for eastern Ukraine. It comes after leaders of the four countries discussed the ongoing conflict by telephone today. Over 5,300 people have been killed by fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels since...

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Putin's winning streak

Putin's winning streak

SINCE Russia invaded Crimea last summer, the West has relied on a strategy of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to withdraw its support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine. But Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent series of diplomatic successes – in particular, with Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan –...

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was "not so smart". That thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis, he said. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Obama...

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

Following the February revolution, Ukraine’s political landscape shifted rapidly. Refusing to recognise the new Kiev government and dubbing the revolution a coup d'état, Russia moved to secure its existing military installations within Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. As unidentified troops secured government buildings Pro-Russia separatists sought to consolidate their local power and Sergey Aksyonov declared...

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that there was a "good chance of resolution" in the Ukraine conflict, rejecting Western condemnation of Russia's role in the southeast of the country. "Today the situation (on Ukraine) in my view has good chances for resolution, no matter how strange it may sound, but certain structures...

G20 summit: Putin leaves before final communique

G20 summit: Putin leaves before final communique

Russian President Vladimir Putin has left the G20 summit in Australia before it officially ends. He faced fierce criticism from Western leaders on Saturday over the Ukraine conflict but described the summit as constructive and useful. World leaders are focusing on economic growth on the second and final day of the summit in Brisbane. They have...

Stop being a bully

Stop being a bully

Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the "lost glories of tsarism". The Russian president arrived in Brisbane late yesterday for the weekend summit of world powers at...

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