Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö holds a news conference yesterday over the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/Reuters

Russia welcomed US confirmation that a summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would go ahead in Helsinki next month, but warned that the talks(...)

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out Halloween candy to children at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

A defiant Donald Trump has hit out at the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the US election, branding one of the three men charged wi(...)

People place flowers at the monument of the so-called “Nebesna Sotnya” (Heavenly Hundred),  anti-government protesters killed in Kiev in February 2014. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Western powers have condemned Russia’s recognition of passports issued by separatist militia in Ukraine, as both Kiev and Moscow dismissed prospects f(...)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left), director of Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (second right), and director of foreign intelligence service Sergei Naryshkin attend a meeting dedicated to the murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

The shots that killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in an Ankara art gallery on Monday also sent shockwaves through fragile relations between two majo(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande at the start of a summit on Ukraine in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Pool.

The Russian defence ministry said on Friday that it had bombed seven targets in Syria in overnight air raids, including a command post and a traini(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has accepted Venezuela’s offer of political asylum, it has been confirmed. Photograph: Reuters

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said today, afte(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a US defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in June.  Venezuela and Bolivia have offered Mr  Snowden asylum. Photograph: Reuters

A senior member of the Russian parliament said last night that political asylum in Venezuela would be “the best solution” for Edward Snowden, the fo(...)