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Vladimir Putin’s one-day tour of the Middle East on Monday may not in itself have altered the regional dynamic, but it underlined two important and re(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

President Vladimir Putin dismissed the IOC’s decision to ban Russian athletes from the Pyeongchang games in South Korea as “orchestrated and politically-motivated”.  Photograph: Getty Images

What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olym(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a loading ceremony of the ‘Christophe de Margerie’, an ice-class tanker, at the Yamal LNG plant in the Arctic port of Sabetta.

Vladimir Putin visited Arctic Siberia on Friday to celebrate the launch of a $27 billion (€23 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) development that wi(...)

Palestinian emergency services evacuate a protester who was wounded during clashes with Israeli troops on Thursday following a demonstration near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, beside the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

The Middle East is braced for a second day of violence after tensions flared in the region on Thursday following the United States’ decision to recogn(...)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino (right) and Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko give a press conference prior to the  World Cup draw  in Moscow. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

How awkward it has been for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino, ruthlessly plotting a course towards next year’s World Cup in Russia, that the I(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the forum of Russian volunteers at the Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin declared on Wednesday that he is to seek a fourth term as Russia’s president in an election next March. Mr Putin revealed his long-a(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: France has sold €12 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia over the past decade, and €8 billion worth to Qatar. The sale of up to a dozen more Rafale fighter jets may be announced in Doha. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to Algiers on Wednesday, then fly on to the Qatari capital Doha. The two countries are at opposite ends o(...)

The Russian Olympic Committee has been banned from sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photograph: Koki Nagahama/Getty

Russia has been banned from next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m by the International Olympic Committee as a punishment (...)

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