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Russian president Vladimir Putin takes part in a virtual meeting with leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Evgeniy Paulin,  Sputnik, Kremlin Poo/AP

Russia and several ex-Soviet allies have pledged to work together to ensure the crisis in Afghanistan does not destabilise Central Asia, as the Kremli(...)

A Taliban fighter holds RPG rocket propelled as he stands guard with others at an entrance gate outside the interior ministry in Kabul. Photograph: Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images

Russia is stepping up diplomatic and security activity around Afghanistan after the return to power of the Taliban, which Moscow sees as a blow to wes(...)

The Shahre Naw neighbourhood in Kabul, Afghanistan. With the Taliban advancing and US troops leaving, President Ashraf Ghani and his aides have become increasingly isolated. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

More than 1,000 Afghan government troops have fled into neighbouring Tajikistan to escape a Taliban advance, amid fears that the withdrawal of wester(...)

Houses which were shelled by Armenian’s artillery during fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Photograph: AP Photo

Russia has urged Armenian and Azerbaijani forces to respect a ceasefire over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, as deadly clashes continued days(...)