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This handout picture taken and released by the Russian Defence Ministry on Sunday 2021 shows a Russian combat vehicle driver waiting at an airfield after a military cargo plane landing in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Russian Defence Ministry / AFP via Getty Images

If momentum matters in diplomacy, then Russia will enter this week’s high-stakes security talks with a distinct advantage over its western interlocuto(...)

Russian military vehicles move along an airfield in Almaty, Kazakhstan. About 2,500 mostly Russian troops have been sent to Kazakhstan as peacekeepers. Photograph: Russian defence ministry/AFP via Getty Images

Kazakhstan’s authorities said on Sunday the situation was stabilising after the worst political unrest in 30 years of independence, and that troops fr(...)

 Kazakhstan’s former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led the country for three decades. Photograph: Greg Baker/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

For years, Nursultan Nazarbayev has been used to performative adoration from the citizens of Kazakhstan. The country’s leader for nearly three decades(...)

Protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph:  Abduaziz Madyarov/AFP via Getty

Russian troops have started arriving in Kazakhstan on a mission to stabilise the Central Asian state amid an unprecedented wave of anti-government pro(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Joe Biden meeting in Geneva last June. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

US president Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday exchanged warnings over Ukraine but conveyed some optimism that upcoming(...)

Russian supreme court judge Alla Nazarova ruled that Memorial should be shut down for  failing to mark all of its publications with the ‘foreign agent’ label. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

Russia’s supreme court has ordered the closure of the country’s oldest and best-known civil society group, Memorial, amid a fierce crackdown on critic(...)

Olaf Scholz, Germany’s chancellor, arrives at a European Union  leaders’ summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Newly installed German chancellor Olaf Scholz headed to his first summit in Brussels bearing the Russian baggage of his two predecessors. Barely a we(...)

Joe Biden held calls with the leaders of Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President of the United States Joe Biden has phoned the leaders of Ukraine and nine eastern European Nato states promising support if Russia attacks U(...)

Weathered looking and wearing bell bottoms: The Mariner statue by John Behan in Dublin. Photograph: Frank McNally

On a guided tour of Dublin Port recently, we stopped to admire a statue called The Mariner, by John Behan. Made from distressed metal, it depicts a we(...)

Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Mark Milley has confirmed China tested an advanced hypersonic weapon. File photograph: Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times

The US military’s top officer has confirmed that China recently tested an advanced hypersonic weapon, calling it a “very significant” development to w(...)

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