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Hollande to visit Georgia shortly: French foreign minister TBILISI: French President Francois Hollande will soon visit Georgia amid Paris efforts to boost ties with the pro-Western ex-Soviet country, his foreign minister said on Thursday."The French president will be here in a few days, the visit is being prepared," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on a visit to Georgia. A diplomatic source said the trip will likely take place in May.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Ukraine forces, rebels clash in two eastern towns: Kiev KIEV: Ukraine's military clashed with pro-Kremlin rebels in two eastern towns overnight, the interior and defence ministries said Thursday.Ukrainian soldiers retook control of the town hall in the southeastern port city of Mariupol and repelled an attack on an army base in the eastern town of Artemivsk, the ministries said.Separatist sources confirmed the loss of the Mariupol town hall.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
West tried to stage 'revolution' in Ukraine: Lavrov MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused the United States and the European Union of being behind a popular uprising that ousted the pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine in February."In Ukraine the United States and the European Union tried to stage -- let's call things what they are -- another 'colour revolution', an operation to unconstitutionally change regime," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
German-Russian forum urges quick deescalation in Ukraine LEIPZIG: Civil society representatives from Germany and Russia on Wednesday urged both sides in the Ukraine crisis to work toward de-escalation and keep the lines of communication open.The so-called Petersburg Dialogue, a forum of around 200 political, business, media and cultural leaders, said it was urgent that an accord struck last week in Geneva to defuse the turmoil in Ukraine be implemented."We are convinced that a sustainable resolution of the dangerous conflict in Ukraine can ...
Russia accuses US of 'running the show' in Kiev MOSCOW: Russia on Wednesday accused the United States of controlling the actions of the pro-West Ukrainian government, saying that Washington was now "running the show" in Kiev.Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the state-controlled RT English language channel in an interview that Ukraine had chosen to relaunch military operations against separatists in the east during a visit to Kiev by US Vice President Joe Biden."This means we have no reason not to believe that the Americans ...
Russia will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine: Lavrov MOSCOW: Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008 which led to war with Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday."If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law," ...
UKIP launches European election campaign LONDON: British anti-EU party UKIP launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday and fended off accusations that its posters were racist and its anti-immigration rhetoric hypocritical.With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second in the May 22 election, ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright.Party leader Nigel Farage has said such a ...


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