Moscow regrets North Korea's unilateral withdrawal from an agreement with South Korea on the nuclear-free status of the Korean peninsula.
When addressing a news conference in Moscow, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov described this step of North Korea as deplorable.
He then urged for more intensive politico-diplomatic steps towards the Korean settlement.
The minister said it was not that important in which format the settlement effort would proceed - involving the United States and North Korea only or all the countries neighbouring the region, i.e. South Korea, Japan, China and Russia in the first instance.
"Russia has always advocated a nuclear-free status for the Korean peninsula, North Korea's rejoining all the non-proliferation understandings, including the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and the unconditional respect for the North's sovereignty and legitimate security interests," said Mr Ivanov.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
The Buk system that shot down MH17 belonged to the 53rd SAM missile brigade of the Russian Ministry of Defense, investigators say after looking at a few pictures on the net
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War