Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) with defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/EPA.

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that (...)

A triple crisis has assailed Russia this week. The rouble tumbled against the dollar on international exchanges, the price of oil – its major export –(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year, a Kremlin spokesman said. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of(...)

Industry analysts believe that in order for the IAG approach for Aer Lingus to be considered realistic, it would have had to be in the region of €1 billion, or about €1.87 per share

Good morning Aer Lingus looks set to provide us all with some festive takeover drama. A big name cast includes suitor IAG, the British Airways (...)

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a private company’s office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Russia’s rouble strengthened on Friday after finance minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency and on expectations that(...)

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(...)

 Vladimir Putin:  has utterly failed to diversify Russia’s economy during 15 years in power. Photograph: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in So(...)

Speaking at his annual end of year press conference in Moscow, the Russian president Vladimir Putin pledged to push through long delayed reforms to reduce his country’s risky dependence on energy export earnings.

Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia could face up to two years of hard times before its embattled economy rebounds. Speaking at his annual en(...)

A car with a Cuban flag parked near  the Cuban Capitol in Havana. The Cuban revolution has survived through a combination of welfare provision and selective repression as the equal distribution of scarce resources meets the iron fist of state power. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

The sudden shift in US policy toward Cuba represents the decline of a previously unquestioned conviction – that beneath the calm surface of Cuban soci(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at his annual news conference in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA 0:58

Russian president Vladimir Putin vowed today to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and pe(...)