Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Nato defence chiefs meet today as the alliance changes its strategic posture to counter a combative Russia, and amid fears that rising military activi(...)

Ukrainians take up positions as they attend a military training session organised for civilians in Kiev on June 21st. The EU has approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA epa04812795 Ukrainians in military uniforms take up positions as they attend a military training session organized for civilians, in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 June 2015. The European Union on 19 June extended economic sanctions imposed on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol following their annexation by Russia, with the measures now due to stay in place until 23 June  2016. The sanctions were introduced last year, to reinforce the EU's opposition to Russia's illegal annexation of the two territories in March 2014. Relations between Brussels and Moscow are at their worst level since the end of the Cold War, due to Russia's actions in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine, where it is accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

The European Union approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia on Monday in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukra(...)

President Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy adviser also said on Wednesday that Russia would not be dragged into an arms race with the West as this would hurt the economy. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters.

Russia accused Nato on Wednesday of encroaching on its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, forcing Moscow to take steps to (...)

Tanks and armoured vehicles on display at the Army 2015 military fair in Russia. Vladimir Putin announced the expansion of Russia’s nuclear arsenal at the fair. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has said that Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year(...)

Russian artist Salavat Scherbakov with his model for the giant monument of Vladimir the Great in his Moscow workshop. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

There was always a hint of one-upmanship in Russia’s vision for the planned statue of Grand Prince Vladimir that, rising 24 metres from a hilltop in M(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan said while it was obvious Russian president Vladimir Putin was “not a very nice individual” the EU had “given up the right to lecture anybody on sovereignty”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEPs have abstained on a European Parliament resolution condemning human rights abuses in Russia. Independent MEP Luke “Ming” Flanagan vote(...)

Opponents of the G7 Summit protest on a street in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Heads of state and government of the seven leading industrialized nations are scheduled to meet in Elmau Castle, Bavaria on Sunday. Photograph: Karl-Josef Hildebrand/EPA

Protesters clashed with police in the German resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday as thousands demonstrated against a meeting of Group of(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Mr Tsipras warned international lenders not to impose ‘humiliating’ terms on Greece. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

A defiant Alexis Tsipras has told the Greek parliament that proposals presented to Greece by international lenders are “unrealistic” and represent (...)

Mikheil Saakashvili: after leading Georgia’s 2003 Rose Revolution, he fought graft and bureaucracy and attracted foreign investors to an economy which, for a few years, was one of the most dynamic in the world – achievements that Ukraine is desperate to match. Photograph: Gerard Cerles/AFP

The people of Odessa, a freewheeling Ukrainian port known for its salty sense of humour, are already having fun with – and at the expense of –their fa(...)

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and governor of Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili  in Odessa today. Photograph: Reuters/Ukrainian presidential press service

The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has appointed former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili as governor of Ukraine’s southern Odessa regio(...)