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French president Emmanuel Macron: ‘You have partners together in the same part of the world, and you have no co-ordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its Nato allies – none.’  Photograph:   Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron has opened a rift with Germany and other Nato allies weeks ahead of a vital summit after he warned that the transatla(...)

US president Donald Trump, ‘a talented pointer-outer of things’. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Among the oddities of Donald Trump’s negotiating style is his willingness to reveal his hand. “All we have to do,” the US president said of the EU la(...)

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 (...)

Poland’s president Andrzej Duda  and US president Donald Trump  during a  news conference  at the White House,  Washington. Photograph:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Russia has condemned US plans to increase its military presence in Poland, saying the move would stoke tensions in Europe and force Moscow to retaliat(...)

Tajikistan’s president Emomali Rahmon (third from left) pictured with then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2009. Photograph: AP/Ria Novosti

Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants. Tajikistan(...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, with  Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on January 15th. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/Reuters

As protests raged in Zimbabwe’s cities last week, with police firing live ammunition at crowds who barricaded roads with burning tyres, the target of (...)

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich: “He knew the game inside out,” says the club’s former manager Carlo Ancelotti. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Encounters with Roman Abramovich are sufficiently rare for even the shortest or most nuts-and-bolts descriptions of them to take on weight. Carlo Anc(...)

A spectator wears clothing in the colours of the US flag during a practice session ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course south-west of Paris on September 26th. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

The nondescript hall, the accented oaths, the rivulets of tears across cheeks of all colours: citizenship ceremonies differ little. You can see this r(...)

Oil drilling platform on Caspian shelf in western Kazakhstan: huge inland body of water has rich oil and caviar resources. Photograph: Anatoliy Ustinenko

After more than two decades of talks, the five nations surrounding the Caspian Sea plan to finalise an agreement this weekend on the status of the hug(...)

Former Russian military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court  on August 9th, 2006. Photograph:  Yuri Senatorov/AFP/Getty Images

The ageing Russian spy had been a free man for only a few years when he turned up in Prague for a secret meeting with his former adversaries. He looke(...)

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