Ahead of the July 8-9 Warsaw Summit, in one of the largest mobilizations since the end of the Cold War, NATO conducted 10 days of military exercises intended to showcase the alliance’s strength on its eastern flank.
Respondents to an informal poll in Moscow said, variously, that sanctions were warranted because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the EU should decide, the EU should be more flexible and attentive to sanctions’ consequences for ordinary Russians, Russia should have more beautiful women, Russia should incite conflict and show force to resolve the stand-off, and Russia should itself become more European. (Russian Service)
Russian authorities have detained five people and closed a holiday camp in the northwestern province of Karelia over what they allege was "criminal negligence" leading to the deaths of at least 14 children.
Serbian and Croatian leaders met on June 20 to undertake a series of symbolic gestures in a renewed effort to repair strained relations.
European Union ambassadors have agreed to a six-month extension of sanctions against Russia in response to its illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and Moscow's support for pro-Russia separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine.
NATO’s top civilian leader brushed aside comments from Germany’s foreign minister that accused the alliance of “warmongering,” saying the 28-nation bloc needed both a military response and political dialogue in dealing with Russia.
Russia’s state-run RT network has broadcast footage that appears to show Russian jets in Syria armed with cluster bombs, weapons which Moscow has denied using during its intervention in the five-year-old conflict.
Meeting in St. Petersburg on June 20, the second such talks since fighting broke out in the separatist region in April, the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia expressed readiness to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Russia’s Investigative Committee announced on June 20 the results of a probe into the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in February, 2015, finding the motive “personal” and alleging that the perpetrators planned the murder beginning in September, 2014 for a fee of 15 million rubles ($233,374). (In Russian)
Local authorities have insisted that the children’s camp Park-Hotel Syamozero in Karelia had not been suspected of safety violations, but for at least three years, parents of the campers have been complaining in online message boards.
Russian authorities in annexed Crimea are proposing the creation of conferring “federal, national-cultural autonomy” on Crimean Tatars as an alternative to the indigenous minority’s traditional representative body, or mejlis. (In Russian)
Following his recent release in a prisoner swap, Hennadiy Afanasyev, a photographer from Crimea convicted in Russia of plotting terrorist attacks on the Moscow-occupied peninsula, tells why he decided to recant his testimony implicating fellow Ukrainians.
While the convening of the "Holy and Great Council" of Orthodox churches -- 55 years in the making and the first such meeting in 1,200 years -- was meant to promote unity among the world's 300 million Orthodox believers, the event has turned into a showcase of religious disagreement.
Current Time correspondent Shahida Yakub reports from Lebanon about hunger among refugees from East Guta, a stronghold of the Syrian opposition. Some children recounted making food from animal feces. (In Russian/Current Time TV)
A deadly suicide attack in an Istanbul neighborhood has highlighted the increasingly fraught nature of Turkey's relations with its Kurdish minority.