Russia denied any involvement in an escalation of the separatist war in eastern Ukraine.
A senior Russian diplomat says if there’s a will in Washington & Tehran, a deal could be reached soon.
The Russian leader said the sanctions went against international law as only the UN had the right to do so.
Fifa and Qatar World Cup organisers have been fending off allegations of corruption.
A military spokesperson suggested pro-Russian rebels were planning a new offensive.
Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as saying sanctions must be abandoned to overcome problems with the West.