Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year, a Kremlin spokesman said. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and China’s then vice-president Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in  2012. As the world’s largest trading bloc, the EU is an important strategic partner for China. Photograph: Diego Azubel/Reuters

The emergence of China as a major global player over the last two decades has forced the international community to forge a response to the rising pow(...)

Protesters during demonstrations against fracking  in Barlad, Romania.  Photograph: Cristian Movila/The New York Times

Vlasa Mircia, the mayor of the destitute village of Pungesti in eastern Romania, thought he had struck it rich when US energy giant Chevron showed up (...)

The company logo of Russian natural gas producer Gazprom is seen on an advertisement installed on the roof of a building in St. Petersburg. Photograph: Reuters

Russian gas producer Gazprom said its second quarter net profit was up 13 per cent to 227.6 billion roubles (€4.4 billion) boosted by foreign exchange(...)

Businessmen Boris Rotenberg (L, front, wearing a black jacket) and Arkady Rotenberg (R, front, wearing a grey jacket) react during an awards ceremony at a judo competition in St Petersburg in a February 27th, 2012 file photo. Photograph: Reuters.

Italian authorities have seized property worth about €30 million belonging to companies controlled by a close associate of Russian president Vladimir (...)

Falling output at Gazprom could put further pressure on the Russian economy, which relies heavily on oil and gas sales and is already slowing to a crawl as Western sanctions start to bite.   Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Russian gas producer Gazprom is likely to record its lowest output this year since its creation a quarter of a century ago after cutting supplies to U(...)

Phil Hogan: all set for his role as EU agriculture commissioner. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Jean-Claude Juncker had promised “some surprises” when he announced the allocation of commission portfolios yesterday. He did not disappoint. The appo(...)

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region in this image from July. Photograph: Reuters

Authorities in the Netherlands are due to publish a preliminary report on the July downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The(...)

Fears of full-scale war sparked a month of volatility in natural gas prices in August. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European gas supplies are likely to look increasingly vulnerable this winter if the conflict between Ukrainian and Russia continues, one energy com(...)

Southeast Europe receives most of its gas from Kremlin-controlled Gazprom. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The European Union could ban gas exports and limit industrial use in emergency measures to protect household energy supplies this winter, a source (...)