OSCE Chairman: Crisis in Eastern Ukraine Should Be Settled Through Diplomacy

 The current Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter says that the differences between the government and opposition in the eastern regions of Ukraine should be settled by diplomatic means. "All parties concerned should realize that all issues under discussion should be resolved by democratic means and in compliance with the existing laws, not by the use of violence, in order to make the would-be solutions long-term and stable," he stressed in a statement that was released today.

Possibility of Russia-PACE Dialogue Made Illusory by Sanctions

Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov doubts the possibility of a dialogue between the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Russia after the Assembly passed anti-Russian sanctions.

"The PACE chairman wants a dialogue with Russia? There should be no illusion. I don’t think that after the PACE's anti-Russian sanctions it is possible to talk about this dialogue," the parliamentarian wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe thrown at her while giving Las Vegas speech

First it was George W. Bush — and now it’s deja shoe for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton was forced to duck Thursday when a female protester threw a shoe at her as she spoke at a Las Vegas event.

Clinton had just begun a speech about recycling when the shoe whizzed by her right ear.

NATO to Try to Exploit Ukraine Crisis to Close Alliance Ranks, Says Russian Foreign Ministry

NATO will try to use Ukraine's crisis to "close its ranks" in the face of an alleged external threat to the alliance member-states, and to prop up NATO importance in the 21st century, the Russian Foreign Ministry points out in a commentary it published on its website earlier today.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been recently making continual statements to confront Russia, invariably resorting to Cold War rhetoric.

US, NATO trigger global war over Russia: Analyst

Military buildup by the United States and NATO in preparation to confront Russia over the Ukraine crisis is likely to trigger a global war, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.

“These reckless and dangerous actions have destroyed the Russian government’s trust in the West and are moving the world towards war,” Paul Craig Roberts wrote.

He said the US has been taking “provocative military moves” against Russia while NATO has been deploying military forces at Russia’s borders “in violation of the 1997 NATO-Russian treaty and the Montreux Convention.”

Stepashin: Syria Fighting International Terrorism on its Land

MOSCOW- The crisis in Syria developed to be a conflict between foreign-backed extremists who use the banner of Islam to commit terrorist crimes on the one hand and open-minded parties represented by Syria and its friends on the other, stressed Sergei Stepashin, Head of Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society in Russia.

In a press conference on Monday in Moscow, Stepashin said Syria was fighting international terrorism on its land, warning that prolonging the crisis in Syria would threaten the unity of the region's countries.

Hundreds of Syrians, Armenians Demonstrate to Condemn Turkish-Backed Aggression on Kasab

BUENOS AIRES- Hundreds of Syrian and Armenian youths demonstrated on Saturday in the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires to express their condemnation of the ongoing global war on Syria and of the latest Turkish-backed terrorist aggression on the Syrian town of Kasab in the northern countryside of Lattakia.

Demonstrators, under the slogan "Save Kessab", marched towards the Turkish Embassy in Buenos Aires. They strongly denounced the support of the Turkish government of Recepe Tayyib Erdogan for the aggression launched by armed terrorist groups on Kasab. They called for pressuring the terrorists, who are fighting the Syrian state and people and who belong to different nationalities, to go back to their countries.

Kiev ignored independent assessment of snipers at Maidan - Lavrov

Authorities in Kiev have routinely ignored evidence in the case of sniper shootings on the Maidan, while suggestions of probes into the matter never came from official channels, Russian FM Lavrov said according to RT.

Part of the agreement signed by President Yanukovich and the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition, involved the prospect of a joint investigation into the events of February 20 and what preceded them, Mr Lavrov told journalists following a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States.