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(...)

The recent Mercosur summit in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: EPA

After being stalled for years, trade talks between the EU and the South American bloc Mercosur are showing signs of life, with a deal that could have (...)

Ulrich Grillo, head of the Federation of German Industry, said sanctions could would come at a “painful” cost to European business, and to German exporters, but that the game had changed with Russia. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s powerful business lobby has dropped its opposition to tougher sanctions against Russia ahead of today’s crunch EU ambassador meeting in Bru(...)

Taking shape: the Skolkovo Innovation Centre on the outskirts of Moscow which Russian President Vladimir Putin  points to as an example of how Russia is diversifying its economy away from energy. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Students at Moscow’s new science-focused university crowded into a lecture theatre outside the capital earlier this month to hear Canadian-born Nobel (...)

Pro-Russian activists storm the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Russia reacted in anger to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU and US yesterday, as violence flared in the eastern Ukrainian town of Luhansk. Pro-Rus(...)

Pro-Russian activists block the entrance to a television station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine today. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters.

Pro-Russian separatists have seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they (...)

A view of the destroyer USS Donald Cook after it arrived in the Black Sea port of Constanta April 14th, 2014. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel /Reuters

A Russian fighter aircraft made repeated low-altitude, close-range passes near a US ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said t(...)

Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings of last April 15. Photograph: AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI

Russia withheld information from US law enforcement officials on one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that could(...)

At yesterday’s meeting of G7 leaders in The Hague, from left: Herman van Rompuy, Stephen Harper, François Hollande, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Shinzo Abe, Matteo Renzi and José Manuel Barroso. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/Getty Images.

Russia was yesterday excluded from the influential G8 group of nations in a show of unity by the leaders of the world’s economically most power(...)

US president Barack Obama speaking on the south lawn of the White House yesterday. “Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community,” he said. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama yesterday announced additional sanctions against 20 high-level Russian government o(...)