Russia unveils plan to 'use the advantages' of climate change
Russia published an action plan to mitigate risks associated with present and future climate change in the country. The report also outlines "positive" effects of changes in the climate.
This Russian city may be earth's coldest populated area
Yakutsk, Russia, can be found in the province of Siberia, nearly 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Records show that the lowest temperature ever recorded there was -83 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ukraine, pro-Russia separatists carry out landmark prisoner exchange
The Ukrainian government has exchanged 200 prisoners with Russian-backed separatists in a pre-planned exchange. The swap may indicate the start of a better working relationship between Russia and Ukraine.
Russia, Ukraine sign gas transit deal ahead of deadline
Ukraine's Naftogaz and Russia's Gazprom have signed a deal that will keep natural gas flowing to Western Europe. The accord builds on a number of diplomatic steps this month between Moscow and Kyiv.
Syria: Fears of humanitarian crisis rise after cross-border aid vetoed
China and Russia have been sharply criticized for vetoing a UN resolution to extend cross-border aid to Syria. Aid groups have warned of a humanitarian disaster if the life-saving assistance were to stop.
Russia can complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline by itself: Kremlin
Russia's energy minister says despite US sanctions, Moscow will proceed to finish the Baltic Sea pipeline. Germany is dependent on imports for 92% of its gas needs; Washington wants a slice of the lucrative supply trade.
EU urges Libya's warring factions to 'cease all military actions'
The EU has called on forces allied to rival Libyan governments to return to the negotiating table and end the conflict by political means. But the entry of Russia and Turkey into the conflict could complicate the matter.
Russia: Shooting near FSB intelligence offices in Moscow
A shooting took place near the headquarters of Russia's FSB security agency in Moscow. Russian media have identified the gunman who shot dead at least one FSB officer as a 39-year-old former private security guard.