As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in Syria fell Moscow’s way. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in (...)

US president Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky hold a meeting in New York  on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump dismissed efforts by Democrats to impeach him as a “hoax” and a “joke” on Wednesday, a day after House speaker Nancy Pelosi (...)

The G7 summit in Biarritz did at least confirm that, on the most pressing issues, US president Donald Trump has failed to drive a wedge between the rest of the group. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire

Last year’s G7 summit in Quebec set a low bar for the annual gathering of heads of state from seven leading democracies. That meeting ended in disarr(...)

Rescuers, passengers and crew members  gather in a field following the  emergency landing near Zhukovsky International Airport in Moscow. Photograph: Reuters

Two Russian pilots safely landed an airliner carrying 233 people in a cornfield outside Moscow after striking a flock of birds, prompting the Kremlin(...)

Ukrainians gave president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Servant of the People party an unprecedented mandate for change in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Ukrainians gave president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Servant of the People party an unprecedented mandate for change in Sunday’s parliamentary electi(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a news conference after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, June 5th, 2019. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters

Ukrainians started to vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday that could consolidate the power of new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and hand t(...)

The Council of Europe’s founding members were all western European states with broadly similar values, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain it rapidly expanded eastwards to take in a swathe of ex-Soviet bloc states in transition to democracy. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

A defining moment in this era of constant tension between Europe and Russia played out this week in an unlikely setting. In the vast, cavernous chambe(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his interview with the Financial Times in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Just before midnight, Vladimir Putin perks up at the mention of the word “risk”. It encapsulates the man and his 20 years in power. Latterly, Russia (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives at a state council meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via Reuters

Vladimir Putin has trumpeted the growth of national populist movements in Europe and America, crowing that liberalism is spent as an ideological force(...)

On Tuesday, five years after Russia was stripped of its voting rights at the council’s parliamentary assembly over the illegal annexation of Crimea, member states voted to readmit Russia’s representatives as full voting members. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The dispute within the Council of Europe over Russia’s membership of the organisation has exposed a deep fault line. On Tuesday, five years after Russ(...)

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