Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey dismisses Russian response as “emotional” and “unfitting”. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey yesterday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down(...)

Photos of Lt Col Oleg Peshkov (left) and Marine Alexander Pozynich are placed at a monument outside Russian Army General Staff headquarters in Moscow. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP

Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Turkey and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of it(...)

Coats are seen on the floor as forensic police search for evidence on Saturday morning  inside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe at the site of one of the six attacks on Friday in which 128 people were killed. Photograph: AFP

Six separate attacks in Paris for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility killed 129 people and wounded 352, of whom 99 are in critical conditi(...)

Relatives grieve by the coffin of Nina Lushchenko (60), a victim of the Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 disaster,  during a funeral service at a church in Velikiy Novgorod on Thursday. Photograph: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images

Russia began burying some of those 224 killed in a weekend plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, an event that could affect strong public suppor(...)

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and governor of Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili  in Odessa today. Photograph: Reuters/Ukrainian presidential press service

The president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has appointed former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili as governor of Ukraine’s southern Odessa regio(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks with Fifa president Sepp Blatter  during their meeting at the Olympic Park in Sochi on Monday. Photo: Alexei Druginyn/EPA

With just over three years to go until Russia hosts the World Cup, western sanctions and the weakened rouble are taking their toll on preparations, as(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  The leaders in Moscow and Pyongyang appear to have much in the way of common cause. Photograph: Reuters

Russia and North Korea have announced that they will deepen economic and political ties under the banner of a “year of friendship” – a development tha(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin looks on during a news conference in Budapest, Hungary, last month. When asked on Thursday if Mr  Putin is healthy, a Kremlin spokesman replied ‘Yes.’ Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that president Vladimir Putin is in good health, but could not say when he would next appear in publi(...)

 A man smokes outside a currency exchange office while an electronic information panel shows the latest exchange rates, in Moscow. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

With the latest surge in bloodshed in Ukraine and tightening of western sanctions, the country’s crisis seemed to lurch, not closer to a resolution bu(...)

Red Square, Moscow: Russian president Vladimir Putin and his allies are not expecting Russians to survive on patriotism alone. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

With no end in sight to a slump in oil prices that halved the rouble’s value against the dollar last year, Russia has urged its people to tighten thei(...)