Russia, US discuss Syrian conflict in round-the-clock mode — defense ministerRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 11:01
Russia ready to help countries affected by terrorism in their probe — security chiefRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 10:39
Defense chief names strategically important regions for RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 10:29
Russian defense contractor develops domestic air traffic control systemMilitary & Defense May 24, 9:45
New radar system enters combat duty in Russia’s Far EastMilitary & Defense May 24, 9:24
Language quotas for Ukraine’s TV will only fuel tensions — media groupSociety & Culture May 24, 8:49
Syrian troops repel militant attack west of Palmyra — mediaWorld May 24, 8:08
Foreign businesses lack state guarantees for their investment in RussiaBusiness & Economy May 24, 7:55
Russian 'soldier of the future' combat gear tested in SyriaMilitary & Defense May 24, 6:41
NOVO-OGARYOVO, April 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hopes the Russian Foreign Ministry’s efforts to ease tensions around Ukraine will have a positive result.
“I hope the initiative of Russia’s Foreign Ministry to level off the situation, to change it for the better, will have consequences and the result will be positive. Anyway, I hope that the provisional leaders (of Ukraine) will not do there something that will be impossible to correct,” Putin said at a meeting with the Russian government.
A coup occurred in Ukraine in February after months of anti-government protests, often violent. The protests, dubbed “Euromaidan”, began when President Viktor Yanukovych decided in November 2013 to suspend the signing of an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
New people were brought to power in Kiev amid deadly riots after Yanukovych had to leave Ukraine citing security concerns in February. Moscow does not recognize the new self-proclaimed Ukrainian authorities.
Ukraine’s political crisis and Kiev’s ties with Moscow deteriorated further when the Republic of Crimea, where most residents are Russians, held a referendum March 16 in which an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The reunification deal with Moscow was signed March 18.