US secretary of state John Kerry (front right) and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (front left) meet at the Russian ambassador’s residence in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Crimea is in limbo. Ukraine does not control it and Russia, whose troops and armour are all over the Black Sea peninsula, denies occupying it. (...)

Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (left), his son Tsotne and wife Eka Khvedelidze. Ivanishvili and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili are leaving office not arm-in-arm but in opposite directions, united only in mutual loathing. Photograph: Reuters/Georgy Kakulia

To lose two colourful, intriguing and unpredictable leaders might be considered the height of political carelessness, but that is Georgia’s fate as it(...)

Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili visits a polling station in Tbilisi yesterday during the presidential election.  Photograph: Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

A protege of Georgian premier Bidzina Ivanishvili has won a crushing presidential election victory, bringing down the curtain on a tumultuous decade i(...)