SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.
Former Ronald Reagan National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane on Thursday called for an awakening of the West in a stirring speech about the Ukraine crisis.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Russia next week for a conference on Caspian energy, while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to visit in September, according to the Tower.
The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.
American fugitive spy Edward Snowden was granted permission to ask his adopted president, Vladimir Putin, a question on Russian television on Thursday.
A pro-Russian separatist group in eastern Ukraine is denying responsibility for the distribution of flyers that called for all Jews to register with the separatists and begin to pay special taxes.