Leonid Slutsky

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German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

Army officers remove the bench last March where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Russian officials reacted with outrage and markets slumped on Thursday morning following the announcement of tough new US sanctions over Russia’s alle(...)

 Former Russia and Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images/Reuters

A Russian soccer analyst said he will no longer commentate on World Cup matches for Russia’s biggest state-run broadcaster, four days after breaking (...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Britain had violated the Chemical Weapons Convention in denying Russia access to the poison. Britain should comply with its international obligations before “putting forward ultimatums”.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Getty Images

Russia denied British allegations on Tuesday that it was responsible for the attempted murder of a former spy and double agent and his daughter in sou(...)

 Hull City’s Kamil Grosicki is congratulated by team-mate  David Meyler after scoring  during the Sky Bet Championship match against Brentford at KCOM Stadium. Photograph: Ashley Allen/Getty Images

Wolves extended their lead at the top of the Championship to five points despite drawing 0-0 with 10-man Sunderland at Molineux. Nuno Espirito Santo(...)

Romelu Lukaku celebrates pulling Manchester United level against CSKA. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Manchester United 2 CSKA Moscow 1 It scarcely counts as a shock that Manchester United have secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champio(...)

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte speaking to the press ahead of their Champions League clash with Atlético Madrid. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

Antonio Conte was in bullish mood before Chelsea’s final Champions League group fixture, telling opponents Atlético Madrid: “You may be in good form, (...)

Suleiman Kerimov, a senator in the Federation Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, is being questioned in France in connection with the alleged laundering of funds amassed in a tax fraud. File photograph: Sergei Rasulov jr/AFP/Getty Images

The Kremlin was battling today to secure the release of a billionaire Russian politician who was detained by French police in Nice early this week on (...)

People protest at the Catalan government’s headquarters during a general strike in Barcelona on Tuesday, following Sunday’s independence referendum in the region. Photograph: Robin Townsend/EPA

Russia and Serbia have lambasted the European Union for its reaction to Sunday’s independence referendum in Catalonia, accusing it of hypocrisy over (...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin:  “This step by Washington will inflict major damage on US-Russia ties,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/Reuters

Russia unleashed a wave of vitriol and scaled back contact with the Pentagon after a US missile strike on a Syrian air base, but the row will not have(...)

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