“I’ve done what I had to do,” said Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has strongly defended controversial new “de-communisation” laws that underscore its break with Russia, amid (...)

Bob McDonagh, who has died aged 91, was a former secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and an ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, (...)

Alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the Nato  meeting in southern Turkey.   Photograph: Ozan  Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Moscow has bristled at a request from the Baltic states to have Nato troops based permanently on their territory, in response to rising fear of Rus(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin in the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Top US and Russian officials said they hoped to work together on contentious issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria but offered no sign of(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry is welcomed by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/AP

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, welcomed US secretary of state John Kerry to the Black Sea resort of Sochi today, but its sunshine and spring flow(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin with US Secretary of State John Kerry:  on his first trip to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Russian president Vladimir Putin in a bid to ease badly strained relations over the conflicts in Ukraine and (...)

Rescued migrants disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23rd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The EU’s executive body is to unveil radical new proposals on immigration, imposing migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the union under a distributi(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin during their talks in the Kremlin. Photograph: EPA/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

Russian president Vladimir Putin said after talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday that the peace process in eastern Ukraine was progres(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and China’s president Xi Jinping attend a documents-signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

As western leaders have one by one refused invitations from Vladimir Putin to today’s Russian Victory Day parade, there has never been any question th(...)

The Motherland monument decorated with a symbolic wreath of red poppies at the Ukrainian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has condemned Kremlin support for the country’s separatists and urged the world not to appease Moscow, as events to mark the end of the secon(...)