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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “We are not planning to replace Geneva with the Astana format.” Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Russia said on Sunday that it supports the continuation of Syria peace talks under United Nations auspices, long-running negotiations which had been t(...)

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the  Duma: members voted on Wednesday to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence for first-time offenders. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian members of parliament moved on Wednesday to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence for first-time offenders who do not cause serious ph(...)

Men walk along a street, with Nur-Astana mosque seen in the background, in Astana the day before the talks begin. Photograph:  Kirill Kudryavtsevki/AFP/Getty Images

A Syrian rebel group called on Russia to withstand pressure from Iran and the Syrian government to help ensure that a ceasefire agreed last month hol(...)

Lieutenant-general Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian defence ministry official,   talks to the media during a briefing on the fight against terrorism in Syria at in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russia said its war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets for the first time on Wednesday to target Islamic State militants holding the town of a(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  during a  press conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin has accused the outgoing US administration of trying to undermine US president-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake a(...)

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 A child in one of the alleys of the al-Kallasseh area in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, on Friday  captured by rebel forces in 2012, was lately cleared in accordance with an agreement with the Syrian government that gave them a safe exit to the southern part of Aleppo or to Idlib province. Photograph: EPA

Syrian rebel groups said on Saturday they would consider a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and Turkey “null and void” if the Damascus government’s (...)

Damaged buildings in the rebel-held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to p(...)

A Syrian boy poses for a photograph in the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, northern Aleppo province in Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

A ceasefire deal between Syrian government forces and rebels that took effect at midnight held early on Friday, after initial isolated clashes and gun(...)

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Turkey for the past five years has been the sternest opponent of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/EPA

Turkey and Russia have prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said, adding Ankara would not budge on its opposition(...)

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