US president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin and said that Mr Putin was presiding over “a huge economic contraction” due to the Ukraine crisis. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

US president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin and said that Mr Putin was presid(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) with defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/EPA.

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that (...)

A triple crisis has assailed Russia this week. The rouble tumbled against the dollar on international exchanges, the price of oil – its major export –(...)

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

EU leaders have backed a plan for more punitive sanctions against Crimea, including a ban on European cruise ships docking in Sevastapol, as Russian p(...)

 Vladimir Putin:  has utterly failed to diversify Russia’s economy during 15 years in power. Photograph: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in So(...)

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) chairs a meeting with top central bank and government officials   outside Moscow. Photograph:  Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Russia is braced for more financial turmoil after a major interest rate hike failed to stop a sharp slide in the value of the rouble, and plunging oi(...)

Chris Hadfield’s You Are Here is a compilation of 150 photographs culled from the 45,000 he took while in space. 4:52

Ireland’s favourite astronaut was back in Dublin and it felt like he had never been away. Cmdr Chris Hadfield returned to Ireland to sign copie(...)

French president Francois Hollande (left) addresses the media with the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in Astana on December 5th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

French president Francois Hollande will hold talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday, the Kremlin said.The Kremlin gave no f(...)

Russian president Vladamir Putin has promised an amnesty for capital repatriated to the country, saying Russians who choose to bring money back will face no questions over how they earned it. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/Ria Novosti/EPA

President Vladimir Putin has portrayed Russia as an invincible nation beset by foreign foes intent on weakening and even destroying it, in a combativ(...)

Ukrainians holding a giant flag made of national, Crimean Tatars and Crimean flags in Kiev on March 23rd last. Ukraine’s new leaders are viewed with suspicion by those who question their appetite for radical change. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine’s new parliament convenes today with the country in effect at war with Russia, Crimea annexed by Moscow, pro-Kremlin separatists controlling s(...)