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Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline: construction is 98 per cent completed on feed that will carry gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ukraine and Poland have dismissed assurances that a deal between the United States and Germany to end their dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelin(...)

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(...)

From today only those who have been vaccinated and who have recovered within the last six months, or with a negative PCR test valid for three days, will be able to visit catering places in Moscow. Photograph: EPA

Moscow has started restricting access to restaurants and cafes and ordered many workers to stay at home, as Russia’s capital and its second city, Sain(...)

A closed playground in Moscow.   Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin has ordered the closure of    children’s playgrounds and sports and entertainment grounds in the city due to the fresh wave of   Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Moscow and at least three Russian regions have made coronavirus vaccinations compulsory for some residents, as officials in much of the country reluct(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko  and  Russian president Vladimir  during a boat trip on the Black Sea on May 29th, 2021. Photograph: Sergei Ilyin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The US is to join the European Union in imposing sanctions on Belarus over its campaign to crush critics of president Alexander Lukashenko and its div(...)

An Armenian soldier fires artillery on the front line, during fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh on October 25th, 2020. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

International diplomacy has swung into action to defuse the threat of fresh violence in the south Caucasus, after Armenia accused Azerbaijani troops o(...)

Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk answers journalists’ questions as he leaves the prosecutor general’s office in Kiev after a hearing on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Wealthy Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk – Russian president Vladimir Putin’s most prominent ally in the country – has dismissed treason allegat(...)

Video footage shared on social media showed emergency service vehicles parked outside the school, with people running towards the building. File photograph: iStock

Russia is to tighten its gun laws after a teenager killed seven children and two adults at his former school in the city of Kazan. Eighteen children(...)

A healthcare worker checks a woman before she gets a dose of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in Moscow on April 26th. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

Russians are being urged to wear face masks, observe social distancing and cancel any planned mass gatherings during a forthcoming 10-day national hol(...)

Joe Biden proposed to Vladimir Putin earlier this month they hold a summit in a third country in an effort to ‘normalise’ relations between Moscow and the West. Photographs: Eric Baradat, Pavel Golovkin/AFP via Getty Images

A summit between president Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden is likely to take place as early as June, a senior Kremlin official said on(...)

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