Cars produced by foreign automobile-makers at a dealership in Moscow. Russia may tighten sanctions against western nations to include a ban on imports of cars.

Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against western nations to include a ban on car imports if the US and the EU impose additional sanctions on M(...)

Service attendants use fuel pumps to fill automobiles on the forecourt of an OAO Rosneft gas station in Moscow.   Photo: Bloomberg

Igor Sechin, the head of Russian oil giant Rosneft, has asked the government to provide the company with 1.5 trillion roubles (€31.1 billion) to help(...)

Obama’s authorisation of air strikes against militants in Iraq is accelerating a retreat in European stocks that started weeks ago. Photograph: Joshua Card/EPA

The first back-to-back weekly losses in European stocks since March sent markets tumbling across the continent yesterday. US president Barack Obama’s(...)

European shares dropped today, sinking for the seventh time in eight sessions on mounting geopolitical jitters after US president Barack Obama authori(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko takes part in a meeting of the security council in Kiev yesterday. Poroshenko called yesterday for a truce in east Ukraine, where his government faces a rebellion by pro-Russian separatists, to provide time to seek agreement on a peace plan. Photograph: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has outlined plans for a ceasefire with pro-Moscow separatist rebels, even as Russia alarmed the European Unio(...)

 Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev inspects a Boeing 737-800  aircraft operated by the Dobrolet airline as Aeroflot general director Vitaly Savelyev  and Russian transport minister Maxim Sokolov (right) look on. Photo: EPA/Dmitry Astakhov 1:04

The seats were cramped but the price was right, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev declared today as he gave the Russian government’s blessing to a low-co(...)

A Ukrainian miner smokes outside the Kalinin mine in the eastern city of Horlivka yesterday. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev yesterday suggested Moscow may be open to compromise on Ukraine’s gas debt and the price it pays for Russian energy. Photograph: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

Russia has struck a more conciliatory note over the crisis in Ukraine, as the US claimed western sanctions on Moscow were starting to bite. Having pre(...)

Interior ministry forces walk past a military helicopter and armoured carriers at a checkpoint near Izium, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dmitry Madorsky/Reuters

Moscow has warned Ukraine that a crackdown on pro-Kremlin activists in eastern regions could trigger civil war, as an angry split over the coun(...)

 Ukrainian soldiers stand near their armed military vehicle near the Izyum city in Kharkiv area, Ukraine. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukrainian forces launched a “special operation“ today against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although asid(...)

Pro-Russian protesters shout slogans near a barricade in front of the occupied regional administration building, in Donetsk, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Russian officials have warned Ukraine it faces the danger of civil war and will today examine the future of g(...)