Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, in Brussels yesterday after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk, who led calls for EU member states to commit to extending sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Union leaders were locked in discussions last night about allowing the European Commission greater oversight over energy contracts with supp(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz has denounced the “repeated and arbitrary” denial of admission into Russia of Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete. Photograph: Emanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Tucked away on the ground floor of the labyrinthine European Parliament building in Brussels is the Anna Politkovskaya room. The parliament’s main pre(...)

The Turkish Stream plan announced by Russian president Vladimir Putin  in Ankara last month would see 63 billion cubic metres of natural gas carried under the Black Sea to Turkey each year

An audacious new plan to pipe Russian gas to Europe has thrown light on Turkey’s emerging and potentially crucial role in getting gas to the energy-hu(...)

An employee looks out over an oil refinery  in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The drop in oil prices is driving a sharp recession in the country. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Slumping oil prices have put Russia’s economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said, as auth(...)

An employee uses a machine while counting Russian ruble banknotes at a private company’s office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

Russia’s rouble rose on Friday to its strongest levels in more than three weeks, in a sharp rebound from its recent all-time lows, after the governmen(...)

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 (...)