An ethnic Armenian soldier near Nagorno-Karabakh’s town of Martuni: two soldiers were killed by Azeri mortar fire today, separatist officials said. Photograph: Reuters

Deadly skirmishes have continued around the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, despite a ceasefire between Azeri and Armenian forces and Ru(...)

First vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans (L) casts his vote in the Dutch referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine in Heerlen. Voters rejected the treaty by a 64-36 margin. Photograph: Marcel van Hoorn/Getty Images

Dutch voters have overwhelmingly rejected a Ukraine-European Union treaty on closer political and economic ties, in a rebuke to their government and (...)

A serviceman of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh in the village of Talish. Photograph: Reuters

Russia is taking the leading role in moves to calm the flashpoint Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh where a ceasefire between Azeri and ethnic-Arme(...)

Ceasefire agreed in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after three days of heavy fighting claimed dozens of lives. Photograph: Vahan Stepanyan/AFP/Getty Images

Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday, after three days of heavy fighting (...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in December: File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Vladimir Putin and Sergey Roldugin forged a bond as young men. Fast friends, almost like brothers, they cruised the streets of Leningrad, singing and(...)

Pope Francis  embraces Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill after signing a joint declaration on religious unity in Cuba. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/Reuters

Religious leaders in Ukraine have expressed alarm over a historic first meeting between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, whic(...)

People sit on the rubble of a damaged building after air strikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Sunday. Photograph:  Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

US president Barack Obama on Sunday urged Russia to stop bombing “moderate” rebels in Syria in support of its ally Bashar al-Assad, a campaign seen in(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev delivers a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on Saturday.  Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/Reuters

Russia is in a new Cold War with the US and its allies, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has said. Speaking at a security conferece in Munich on Satur(...)

 Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left), US secretary of state John Kerry and UN special envoy of the secretary general for Syria Staffan de Mistura hold a press conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/EPA

Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syria(...)

A woman in a supermarket in St Petersburg, Russia. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree to ban food imports from Ukraine from January 1st. Photograph: EPA/Anatoly Maltsev

Russia has lambasted the European Union for extending economic sanctions against it for another six months, and will ban food imports from neighbourin(...)