Ukrainian servicemen outside Shyrokino village, near the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

The Netherlands and Malaysia want a United Nations tribunal to be set up to prosecute those suspected of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet over (...)

Pipelines  at a gas compressor station in Sudzha in Russia’s Kursk region. Trilateral talks in Vienna ended in deadlock  after the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers failed to reach an agreement on gas prices for the third quarter of the year. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Natural gas trade between Russia and Ukraine broke down on Wednesday after talks between the two sides aimed at keeping supplies flowing for the comin(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. As Syriza points out, Greece – just one border away from Islamic State-held territory – looks like a beacon of stability in a difficult neighbourhood. Photograph: Reuters

In February, when Greece’s new Syriza-led government reassured its lenders by agreeing to talks on its funding arrangements, the Italian economy minis(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States (...)

Armenian demonstrators dance on a street during a protest against an increase of electricity prices in Yerevan. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, faced down riot police yesterday as popular protests against a steep rise in electrici(...)

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(...)

There was more than a whiff of the Cold War about Vladimir Putin’s announcement this week that Russia would beef up its nuclear arsenal, putting more (...)

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 (...)

Nicola Russell who passed away at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after living with cancer since 2007. Photograph: William Cherry/Pacemaker

The Belfast-based artist Nicola Russell has died aged 51. The painter passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after li(...)