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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has repeatedly scolded the West for preventing pro-Kremlin media such as the Sputnik news agency and RT television channel from operating. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Russia’s parliament on Tuesday passed a Bill giving prosecutors powers to shut foreign media bureaus in Moscow if a western country has been “unfrien(...)

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg addresses the assembly at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The secretary general of Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, has warned political and business leaders gathered in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos against trad(...)

French ambassador  Vincent Guérend said Ireland’s neutrality should be ‘adapted to a new environment’.   Photograph: French Embassy

Russia has no respect for Irish neutrality and Ireland and the EU must focus more on defence, the French ambassador has said. Vincent Guérend, who wa(...)

Turkey’s president  Recep Tayyip Erdogan also accuses Stockholm of harbouring exiled members of the Gulen movement, an Islamic sect led by Fethullah Gulem that Ankara blames for a violent coup attempt that rocked Turkey in 2016. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not averse to brinkmanship and strong-arming friends and allies to get his way. Diplomatic blackmail, some call it. The Turkis(...)

Polish president  Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy    during a press conference following their talks in Kyiv on Sunday.Photograph;  Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Poland has backed Ukraine’s insistence that it will not surrender territory to Russia to secure a peace deal with the Kremlin, as Moscow’s forces cont(...)

Petro Poroshenko visiting an artillery unit in the Kyiv region during his presidency of Ukraine. Photograph: Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images

I have not even sat down to my lunch with Petro Poroshenko and already I’m feeling outmanoeuvred. We are walking through the grounds of his European(...)

Moscow wants to seize the last remaining Ukrainian-held territory in Donbas. Photograph: Alexei Alexandrov/AP

Ukraine ruled out a ceasefire or concessions to Moscow while Russia intensified an offensive in the eastern Donbas region and stopped providing gas to(...)

Smoke rises during shelling in the city of Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

Russia has stopped delivering gas to Finland in an escalation of a dispute over energy payments with western nations, and claimed victory in a weeks-l(...)

Members of the Kraken Ukrainian special forces prepare to tow a Russian armoured vehicle in the village of Rus’ka Lozova, outside Kharkiv. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/ The New York Times

Russia has said it is close to capturing all of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, as artillery strikes took more lives and destroyed more infrast(...)

EU officials have been preparing options on how to respond if the government of British prime minister Boris Johnson chooses to abandon talks and breach the international treaty. Photograph: JOHN THYS / AFP

The European Union is preparing options to respond if the British government goes ahead with plans to unilaterally override Northern Ireland’s post-Br(...)

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