Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is ready to agree to allowing additional international observers in eastern Ukraine to be armed with pistols.
The United States is dispatching an envoy to Paris and Berlin on June 7 and 8 to try to convince European allies "of the importance of maintaining sanctions pressure on Russia," the U.S. Treasury said on June 3.
A behind-the-scenes dispute between the United States and Russia broke into the open on June 3, with Moscow claiming Washington asked it not to target Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria with air strikes.
U.S. authorities have arrested a Russian woman in an apparent child custody battle, drawing a public protest from the Kremlin's top child welfare official.
Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says the South Caucasus nation "must absolutely" join NATO and the European Union, but cautioned that it will first have to overcome Russia's disapproval.
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The chairman of NATO's Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, has denounced Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee in the U.S. presidential election, for criticizing the alliance as obsolete.
Poland says it will start recruiting in September for a new 35,000-strong paramilitary force amid tensions with Russia.
Russia is trying to move closer to several EU states in an effort to break the bloc's unity over sanctions. That is not likely to prevent the EU from renewing sanctions expiring in July, but Russia is playing a longer game.
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