Participants of the meeting-concert "We Are Together!" in support of Crimea, which is under way at Vasilevsky Spusk in Moscow at the moment, have adopted a resolution demanding to urgently start the procedure of Crimea’s annexation to the Russian Federation.
President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the Winter Paralympic Games opening in Sochi on Friday would somewhat defuse international tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman confirmed that, at a meeting on Thursday with the head of the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee, Putin insisted that the Winter Paralympics opening in Sochi on Friday stay clear of politics.
A bill making it easer to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to Russia could have its first reading in State Duma on March 21.
The events in Ukraine and around it is "the triumph of lawlessness, cynicism, collapse of international law and double standards." Press-secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, has expressed this opinion in the program "Sunday Night with Vladimir Solovyov" on Russia 1TV channel. He expressed regret that the Western partners of Russia had recognized those who call themselves leaders of Ukraine as legitimate.
Ukraine's debt for Russian gas has risen to $1.89 billion after Naftogaz, the Ukrainian national oil and gas company, missed its February payment.
The US Administration is considering a set of measures to press Russia over the events in Ukraine from suspending preparations to the G8 summit in Sochi up to a pause in key areas of bilateral dialogue, First US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said on Friday.
After the declaration of the negotiations about snipers in the Maidan, the spokeswoman for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said that the European Union supported the investigation of killings by snipers in Kiev.
Moscow will respond should the European Union decide to impose sanctions against Russians. "Russia will not accept such language of sanctions and threats, but, in the event of their implementation in practice they will not be left without a response," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary posted on its website.
Allegations that the UN Security Council regards an upcoming referendum on the status of Crimea as illegitimate do not correspond to reality, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Ukrainian mass media methods of propaganda are unacceptable as they can worsen the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported this Friday.
Canada's decision to expel the Russian military undid the positive trend that has been in the works over the past years, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.
Moscow is shocked by the way Ukrainian media interpreted the statements made by Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, especially their allegations about the severance of diplomatic relations between Russia and Ukraine.
The Russian flag was ceremonially raised Thursday at the mountain village for the Sochi Paralympics with President Vladimir Putin in attendance. The March 7-16 Paralympics will mark the first time Russia hosts the disabled sports competition, which is to be held at the same facilities where the Winter Olympics took place last month. Joining Putin at the ceremony was a raft of Russian dignitaries including Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, Russian Paralympic Committee head Vladimir Lukin and several current Russian Paralympians and former champions.
Alexander Turchinov, temporarily acting as the Ukrainian president, has signed a decree on the "suspension of the Supreme Council of Crimea's decision to hold a referendum." The corresponding statement has been issued Turchinov's website.
The approaching referendum in Crimea will restore historical justice and reunite the peninsula with Russia, Crimean Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov said.
The European Union used the events in Ukraine as another pretext to slow down the dialogue on the visa issue, officials in Moscow said.
The Chelyabinsk meteor is full of mysteries. Scientists from Nizhny Novgorod have found natural magnesium-iron nanocrystals while studying the fragments of the meteor. This can give new information about the nature of nanomaterials and the conditions of their natural formation. Dmitry Pavlov, one of the scientists and the authors of the research, gave an interview to "The Voice of Russia".
Russian President's Press Secretary has called the actions of Western countries over Ukraine "a triumph of double standards." "All in all, what we see now happening in and around Ukraine is such a triumph of lawlessness, a triumph of cynicism and a triumph of the collapse of international law, a triumph of double standards," Peskov said in an interview on the Sunday Night with Vladimir Solovyov program, a portion of which was shown on the Rossiya-24 television channel.
The Russian Air Force is getting down to the official testing of their T-50 fifth-generation jetfighter in what is evidence that the aircraft is actually ready and can soon be passed into service. The T-50 flight tests have been scheduled to start at the Akhtubinsk flight test centre in March or April this year.