Russian minister of energy Alexander Novak (second from left) and Gazprom president Alexei Miller (left) at talks in Moscow with EU commissioner Guenter Oettinger to discuss gas supplies to Europe and problems of Ukrainian transit. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Chirikov

Bord Gáis has played down the potential effect that the Ukraine crisis could have on Ireland’s winter gas supplies, after Russia last week warned ther(...)

Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament house, Sergei Naryshkin (2nd R) shakes hands with leaders of the Crimean parliamentary delegation speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (2nd L), prime minister Sergei Aksyonov (L) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy during a meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.

Russia’s lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, leaving just one legal obstacle for the (...)

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