Mikhail Gorbachev: I am against all walls
The first and last president of the Soviet Union spoke with RBTH
Protests in Kiev’s central Independence Square started on Nov. 21, after the Ukrainian government said it would not sign a trade association agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. Opposition groups wanting closer ties with Europe have demanded that the government of President Viktor Yanukovych resign, and that early elections be held.
October 31: RBTH rounds up the day’s reporting in leading Russian media
Reading between the lines of Putin’s uncompromising rhetoric on the U.S.
The legally binding protocol which was signed by Ukraine, Russia and the European Union in Brussels sets the conditions for natural gas deliveries from Russian gas giant Gazprom to Naftogaz of Ukraine from November 2014 to March 31, 2015 and is aimed at covering Ukraine's domestic gas needs over this period and guaranteeing the security of the gas supply
The Russian automobile humanitarian convoy that has delivered aid to residents of Luhansk and Donetsk, Ukraine, have crossed the Ukrainian-Russian border and entered the Rostov region of Russia, an Interfax correspondent reported from the scene
The European Union will contribute to the implementation of the gas supply agreements reached by Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said
Several dozen trucks from Russia's fourth humanitarian aid convoy have arrived in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, and will be unloaded at a warehouse in the city's Budyonnovsky district, an Interfax correspondent has reported
Naftogaz of Ukraine and Russian gas giant Gazprom have signed an additional agreement that will regulate daily gas deliveries to be paid for upfront, Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan said after the trilateral gas talks in Brussels
Ukraine will pay for Russian gas already delivered to the country at a rate of $268 per 1,000 cubic meters regardless of Gazprom's position on the matter, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said
About 3,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid intended for residents of southeastern Ukraine are in the Rostov-on-Don region of Russia and should be delivered to its destination within a week, Russian Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov said at a meeting of the public committee for the support of the residents of southeastern Ukraine on Thursday
Russia and Ukraine could reach agreement today on a resumption of gas deliveries, given the signing of the documents that the sides discussed late last night, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a government meeting.
European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger has not confirmed if the EU was ready to help Ukraine pay for its debt and for supplies of Russian gas
Members of a joint investigative group from the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Ukraine, Malaysia and the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) supported the proposal to continue the inquiry on Wednesday
Russian and Ukrainian military officials are preparing to jointly participate in the monitoring of the ceasefire area in Ukraine, Russian Permanent Envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Andrei Kelin said
A motorcade carrying humanitarian aid for residents in southeastern Ukraine left the Moscow region on Tuesday, an Interfax correspondent said
The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission that conducted the on-the-ground monitoring of Sunday's parliamentary elections in Ukraine claimed on Monday that the polls had met necessary democratic standards
Moscow has acknowledged as valid the early elections of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada
The voter turnout stood at 52.42 percent in 198 electoral districts of Ukraine at 8 p.m. on Sunday, the Central Elections Commission reports
Seven parties got through to the Verkhovna Rada in Sunday's parliamentary polls: Poroshenko Bloc, People's Front, Samopomich, Opposition Bloc, Radical Party, Svoboda and Batkivshchina, according to data, obtained in the Rada-2014 national exit poll, announced after the polling stations closed in Ukraine
The Ukrainian parliamentary elections will be recognized even though some of the regions have dropped out of the voting process, said Doris Barnett (Germany), chief of the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
There are no international observers from Russia to the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Chairman of Ukraine's Central Election Commission Mykhailo Okhendovsky has said