Kiev protesters: Sakwa maintains Vladimir Putin is the most pro-European leader of Russia ever. Photograph: Vladislav Sodel

When the first World War broke out Pope Benedict XV declared it the suicide of Europe. But Europe survived and was reborn, albeit after two World W(...)

Hillary  Clinton speaks at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit in New York on  April 23. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

It is hardly Machiavellian to state that the strongest political candidate draws the fiercest attacks. The salvos being fired at 2016 presidential con(...)

Pro-Russian rebels drive on an armored military vehicle near city of Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of building up air defence systems inside eastern Ukraine and of involvement in training exercises of pr(...)

European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s accusations have launched a legal dispute that could result in multibillion-euro fines for Gazprom. Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Europe’s anti-trust regulator has accused Russia’s massive gas monopoly, Gazprom, of unfair pricing practices in Moscow’s former satellite states of e(...)

The ninth-century Tatev Monastry, an icon of the ancient Armenian Apostolic Church, reached by the world’s longest aerial tramway. Photograph: Hayk Melkonyan

“Whole generations have been lost. We are left without children and it means we are left without a future.” I remember those words vividly. They were (...)

Mourners at the funeral for six family members allegedly killed by a Russian soldier in Gyumri in January. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

When Russia’s president Vladimir Putin visits Armenia this week to mark a century since the start of the genocide suffered by its people, he will fly(...)

Its name is derived from the Greek Kallipolis, meaning “beautiful city”. Today, the peninsula of Gallipoli is part of northwest Turkey. We will hear a(...)

A man takes a selfie with Russian president Vladimir Putin ahead of his annual phone-in interview. Mr  Putin has said he is willing to work with the US given shared interests and a common agenda.   Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has key interests in common with the US and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a television int(...)

Barrels of Hennessy 250 maturing in the cellars in Cognac. Photograph: Matthew J Oliver
Roll out the cognac barrels
  • Travel
  • April 18, 2015, 05:00

Very old cognac you might think should be served in one of those big balloon glasses – and swirled round and round for all it is worth before a dro(...)

Destroyed armoured personal carriers in Shyrokino village, near the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Kiev has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into alleged war crimes in east Ukraine, including the shelling of Mariupol in January. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate all alleged recent war crimes in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s foreign min(...)