The head of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) said the grouping is suspending efforts to "facilitate dialogue" with NATO but will develop relations with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka discussed bilateral ties on June 16 in Minsk.
A senior U.S. official says Washington may discuss the crisis in Iraq with Iranian officials on the margins of the nuclear talks with world powers that are being held in Vienna this week.
Iranian lawmakers have urged President Hassan Rohani to enforce the Islamic dress code that requires women to cover their hair and body with loose clothing in public.
Russian media reports say Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has arrived in Minsk for talks with Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey which will focus on the crisis in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to speak in Moscow on June 16 at the start of a gathering of energy sector leaders from around the world.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said the United States needs Iran's involvement in Iraq, and Washington should open talks with Tehran, a step he described as unattractive but perhaps unavoidable.
Russia's Investigative Committee says a former top anticorruption official who was charged himself with organizing a criminal group has committed suicide.
Moldova’s Prime Minister Iurie Leanca is visiting Paris on June 16 as Chisinau continues to forge closer ties with Europe, despite moves by Moscow to try to keep the country tied closer to Russia's sphere of influence.
Transportation prices in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent, increased by 20 percent as of June 15.
Russia says it has restricted gas supplies to Ukraine after a payment deadline passed, but that supplies to Europe should not be affected.
Internet users in Tajikistan report that Google services, including YouTube and the Gmail electronic mail system, remain inaccessible, despite protests by international organizations.