A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia’s Defence Ministry on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Russian jets hit Islamic State targets and other rebel groups in Syria on Saturday, on a fourth day of air strikes by Moscow in support of president (...)

Uphill battle: the aftermath of air strikes in Kafr Nabel, a town in Idlib province. Photograph: Hadi al-Abdallah via AP

The timeline of Syria’s grinding civil war is dotted with illusory turning points. These were atrocities or grim milestones that the world assumed wou(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande at the start of a summit on Ukraine in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Pool.

The Russian defence ministry said on Friday that it had bombed seven targets in Syria in overnight air raids, including a command post and a traini(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision this week to launch air strikes on Syria marks a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in a 4-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters 1:29

Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it w(...)

Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images 1:29

The White House warned Russia that its military actions in Syria risk prolonging the four-year-old conflict in the country as the US and Russian milit(...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Mexico, in 2012. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Through the summer of 2015, Vladimir Putin has played a bold and unexpected diplomatic hand, taking Moscow from being frozen out over Ukraine to a pow(...)

Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the presidential council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/AFP/Getty Images 1:23

Russian air strikes in Syria are targeting a list of well-known militant organisations, not only Islamic State, the Kremlin said on Thursday. M(...)

Moscow has made a strong case for fighting IS, though yesterday’s air strikes targeted other groups opposed to Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: AP Photo

Bombing by the Russian air force looks like a landmark event in the bloody 4½-year war in Syria. In the space of just a few weeks Moscow has been mak(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: won approval from Russian parliament to send troops into combat overseas. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/AP

Russia has launched air strikes in Syria in a risky move that could complicate US-led efforts to halt the advance of Islamic State in the Middle East(...)

Estonian security officer Eston Kohver attends a news conference in the premises of the security police (KAPO) in Tartu, Estonia on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters

Russia and Estonia on Saturday exchanged two prisoners who had been convicted of espionage, carrying out the swap on a bridge at a border post between(...)