A security check at  the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey: world leaders will  discuss the war in Syria. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

  The refugee crisis is expected to dominate the G20 summit which opens in Turkey tomorrow as leaders of the world’s largest economies gat(...)

Members of the German Bundeswehr army prepare beds and tents for refugees inside a hangar of the former airport Tempelhof in Berlin. Photograph: Gregor Fischer/AFP/Getty Images

As Ireland prepares to receive refugees under the EU relocation and resettlement programme in the coming months, towns and cities across Europe are gr(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini with Luxembourg’s foreign minister Jean Asselborn at the  Luxembourg meeting: she suggested  the EU could play a lead role in political negotiations to  end the civil war. Photograph: John Thys/AFP /Getty Images

Russia’s military operations in Syria and attacks on the Syrian opposition are “of deep concern” and must cease immediately, the European Union said o(...)

Belgium’s Didier Reynders (centre) with Finland’s Erkki Tuomioja  and Ireland’s  Charlie Flanagan during an EU foreign affairs council in Brussel. Photograph: Emmanuel  Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union agreed to postpone the addition of new names to the Russia sanction list yesterday, pending the outcome of the latest Franco-Germ(...)

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

EU leaders have backed a plan for more punitive sanctions against Crimea, including a ban on European cruise ships docking in Sevastapol, as Russian p(...)

Fiona Corcoran is the first Irish person to receive the Order of Friendship, which is awarded to Russian and foreign nationals for special merit in broad charitable activities.

An Irish charity worker who has helped victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster will be presented with an award in the Kremlin this week by Russian p(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has rejected a call by a leading Irish academic for Ireland to abandon its traditional policy on military neutrality. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has rejected a call by a leading Irish academic for Ireland to abandon its traditional policy on military neutralit(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to escalate pressure on Russia. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels may have been scheduled for months, but rarely has a gathering of the bloc’s 28 foreign po(...)

Asked if the possibility of further EU sanctions on Russia,  German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it “might be a debate to be continued at the next meeting of the European heads of state and government”. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

EU leaders may consider imposing further sanctions on Russia at next week’s leaders’ summit in Brussels, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Stein(...)