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Russia Cultivating Iraq Market For Jets, Military Hardware

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Russia Dmitry Rogozin in a visit to Baghdad offered to provide more military aid and step up commercial ties, potentially eroding U.S. influence in the war-torn country. More

Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina says the bank won't try to help the Kremlin close a budget gap by devaluing the ruble.

Russian Central Bank Won't Devalue Ruble To Help Kremlin Budget

Russia's Central Bank denied a report that it might welcome a fall in the ruble's value to help the government close a gaping budget deficit. More

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced major powers have agreed to a cessation of hostilities in Syria in one week's time.

U.S., Russia, European Powers Agree To Syrian Truce In Week

Major powers agreed to a cessation of hostilities in Syria and to expand delivery of humanitarian aid to people caught up in the conflict, top diplomats said in Munich on February 12. More

U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry (right) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) during a press conference in Munich ahead of the international security conference.

Assertive Russia Looms Large At Annual Munich Security Conference

The war in Syria, the refugee crisis and Russia's border-bending interference on Europe's eastern edge topped the agenda as senior officials gathered in Munich, Germany, for a high-profile annual security conference.conference. More

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill is in Havana, Cuba, ahead of a historic meeting with Pope Francis.

Patriarch Kirill In Cuba For Pope Visit

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has arrived in Havana on the eve of a historic meeting with the Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church. More

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NATO's moves to bolster Europe's defenses were a big step toward deterring Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. But meeting Moscow's broader challenge to the West will require more than a military approach. More

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Russian Media See NATO 'Beachhead' Near Russia’s Borders

News that NATO is bolstering its eastern flank was received frostily in Moscow, where pro-Kremlin media accused the alliance of inching duplicitously closer to Russia’s borders, bellicose saber-rattling, and even preparing for all-out war.

News Analysis: Putin Pulls Levers As Russian Patriarch, PM Head Abroad

Two of Vladimir Putin's top allies head abroad this week on high-profile missions, but Putin is hanging back at home. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill holds a historic meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev addresses a security conference in Munich amid strong Western concerns over Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria.

Abkhazia Outlaws Abortions

Abkhazia has outlawed abortion in an apparent effort to boost the population of the breakaway Georgian republic.

EU Debate Initiative Sparks Fears Of Concessions To Russia

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini initiated an internal debate last month with a group of fellow European commissioners on how to improve cooperation with Russia, causing concern among EU members that want to keep up the pressure on Moscow over its interference in Ukraine, sources have told RFE/RL.

Cybersleuths: Wristwatch Given To Wounded Soldier 'Proves' Russian Role In Ukraine War

An open-source investigation group called the Conflict Intelligence Team alleges that a commemorative wristwatch secretly given by the Russian state to one of its soldiers shows that Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine was authorized at the highest level.
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Video U.S. Defense Secretary Carter: NATO Must Stay Ahead Of Cyberthreats

At a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the alliance must build its capabilities in dealing with cyberattacks. Carter said that in the area of information operations, "Russia's actions speak volumes."

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Video Moscow Destroys Kiosks In Beautification Blitz

The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. A city lawmaker estimated that the demolitions could cause 15,000 people to lose their jobs.

Photogallery A Year After Minsk Accord, Shaky Truce Is The New Normal In Donetsk

One year after the signing of the Minsk peace agreement on February 12, intended to put an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine, residents of Donetsk and the surrounding areas have grown accustomed to shortages, checkpoints, and sporadic clashes. (RFE/RL photographer Petr Shelomovskiy)

Video Troops Roll Through Crimea As Russia Holds Military Drills

Tanks and army trucks were lined up on the highways of Simferopol on the Crimean Peninsula on February 9, a day after the start of large-scale Russian military exercises in the region. (RFE/RL's Crimean unit)

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