The new brochure  is pictured during a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Pontus Lundahl/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden will send out instructions to its citizens next week on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin drives a construction truck across the new 19km road-and-rail bridge linking linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula. Photograph:  Alexander Nemenova/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean penin(...)

France’s Madame Monsieur performs during a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Reuters/ Pedro Nunes

After a year when politics threatened to engulf the Eurovision Song Contest, the sabre-rattling is quieter in 2018, but European and global events are(...)

It is a long way from Moscow to the rural Irish outpost of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska that supplies as much as 30 per cent of the European alu(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  the Department of Foreign Affairs has been silent on his recent re-election. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/Reuters

It’s only eight years since Mary McAleese became the first Irish president to meet a Russian counterpart in the Kremlin, but her visit already belongs(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaking to the press before   a meeting of EU foreign ministers  in Brussels on Monday, March 19th. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

When EU foreign ministers met on Monday the UK, in the form of foreign secretary Boris Johnson, turned up to look for a bit of solidarity over the Sa(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  speaks at a youth forum titled  Russia, Land of Opportunity,   in Moscow, on Thursday, ahead of the presidential election this weekend. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Vladimir Putin has made a late appeal to his people to participate in Sunday’s Russian presidential election and make their voices heard in selecting (...)

Russian presidential candidate and former TV star Ksenia Sobchak speaks at a big rally declaring her intention to create a new liberal party in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/AP

Perhaps because she’s a glamorous blonde or because her late father was a friend of Vladimir Putin, many Russians have not taken Kseniya Sobchak’s bid(...)

British prime minister Theresa May on a visit to Salisbury, where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent last week. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The joint statement yesterday by the leaders of France, Germany, the US and the UK, in which they said Russia was highly likely to have been behind th(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Donald  Trump also signed on to an unusually strong statement that accused Russia of being behind the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war”. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Nato’s leading powers closed ranks against Vladimir Putin on Thursday as the US unveiled new sanctions against Moscow and joined with France and Germa(...)

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