TODAY: E.U. summit begins in Riga as President speaks out against Russia; Moldovans leaning towards Russia; Putin praises Lavrov who offers military aid to Iraq; captured soldiers confess to being in Russian military; Siluanov and I.M.F. predict economic contractions; Duma moves to bring elections forward, to opposition’s disadvantage.
TODAY: Putin criticises new Ukrainian law on debt repayments, threatens to take defaults to international court; Ukraine wants nuclear missile shield; Lavrov says Russia ready to cooperate with U.S.; Eastern Partnership summit concept in turmoil; Siluanov says Russia will need to curb spending; Sonin to emigrate.
TODAY: Legislation passes to declare foreign NGOs ‘undesirable’; center will monitor online networks for signs of organisation; Moscow gay community seeks protest permit; NATO calls on Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine; Russia has no plans to join or coordinate with OPEC.