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People protest at the Catalan government’s headquarters during a general strike in Barcelona on Tuesday, following Sunday’s independence referendum in the region. Photograph: Robin Townsend/EPA

Russia and Serbia have lambasted the European Union for its reaction to Sunday’s independence referendum in Catalonia, accusing it of hypocrisy over (...)

Shells explode during the joint Russia-Belarus strategic military exercises Zapad in Belarus. Photograph: Tatiana Zenkovich

Russia’s “Zapad” war games have come under further scrutiny after its military admitted that a helicopter had accidentally fired on bystanders, and se(...)

Opposition supporters and one of the Belarusian opposition leaders Vladimir Nekliaev take part in a rally during a protest against the upcoming Zapad military exercises in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Russian military jets and helicopters have landed in neighbouring Belarus ahead of Thursday’s start of major war games that are unnerving nearby Nato (...)

Hungary’s Peter Szijjarto attends an informal meeting of European Union ministers of foreign affairs in Tallinn, Estonia.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Hungary and Russia have lambasted Kiev over a new education law they say will deprive Ukraine’s ethnic minorities of the right to study in their own (...)

US soldiers march along Kiev’s Khreshchatyk Street  during a military parade to celebrate Independence Day. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

The United States is considering sending deadly weapons to Ukraine to help it resist Russian aggression, Pentagon chief James Mattis said on Thursday (...)

 Pro-Russian president of Moldova Igor Dodon: called his  country’s ban on Russia deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin  “an act of great political stupidity”. Photograph: EPA

Moscow has accused tiny Moldova of undermining their relations and threatening the stability of the region and Europe, after it banned Russian deputy(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence salutes soldiers during a visit to Nato’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission and Estonian troops in Tallinn, Estonia on Monday. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The White House hopes for better ties with Moscow but will oppose any Kremlin aggression against US allies and will not be swayed by an order to slas(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson greet each other in  Kiev on July 9th, 2017.  Photograph: Sergei SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has put the onus on Russia to end the war in eastern Ukraine and backed the continuation of western sanctions on M(...)

Juris Ulmanis, a Riga-based entrepreneur who is a member of Latvia’s volunteer national guard and a Baltic “elf”. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

When Donald Trump told a crowd in Warsaw last week that the West must “meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda... in new ways and on all ne(...)

Georgian people hold national, EU and Nato flags at a rally against Russia in Tbilisi in September 2008. “Russia’s war against Georgia in 2008 should have been the wake-up call – but to some extent the West pressed the snooze button and went back to sleep,” says Estonia’s foreign minister, Sven Mikser. File photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/AP

A casual reader of certain websites could conclude that the recent arrival of Nato reinforcements in the Baltic states has been a fiasco of brutality (...)

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