Polish officials say a claim by the Russian ambassador that Warsaw was partly to blame for World War II has damaged bilateral relations.
Eston Kohver’s defense lawyer, Mark Feigin, said the swap was “organized on the political level” and was timed to improve Russian President Vladimir Putin’s image before his appearance at the UN on September 28.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Polish ambassador to Moscow on September 25 after graves of Soviet soldiers were vandalized in a Polish village. Poland's Foreign Ministry also condemned the act.
Russia agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter under a deal clinched late on September 25 with the European Union, ending months of uncertainty and tough negotiations.
Ukraine and the United States condemned a decision by pro-Russian separatists to ban most foreign aid organizations from parts of rebel-held territory, saying the move violated the Minsk peace agreement.
Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine under a deal reached late on September 25 with the European Union.
By all accounts, the conversation that U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will have in New York is likely to be serious and substantive over issues like Syria and Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech before the UN General Assembly will be watched closely for clues to his intentions, and what he wants the rules of the new world order to be.
With legislative elections looming in Kyrgyzstan, the Russia-friendly media that dominate the country are setting the narrative. And the lead Kremlin spin doctor was in Bishkek to check on how they are doing.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that Russia’s presence in Syria reinforces President Bashar al-Assad and "increases their moral responsibility in crimes committed by the regime."
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has awarded medals to film director Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, two Ukrainians who were controversially imprisoned in Russia last month.
A Moscow court has taken two suspected Islamic State group militants into pretrial detention.