Over 200 Russian and foreign pundits, thinkers and politicians, including President Vladimir Putin, are due to meet next week in northwestern Russia to discuss the country’s role in the modern world.
The movement of troops in western Ukraine, reported by the country’s media, was held as part of military exercises and is not related to events in the breakaway region of Crimea, the acting defense minister said on Sunday.
A mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was denied entry to Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea on Saturday.
The authorities in Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea on Sunday ruled out negotiations with the central government, which they say is illegitimate.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Sunday he would travel to the United States next week for talks with top US officials, the UNIAN news agency reported.