Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

The European Union has warned Kosovo and Serbia over pledges they made to the United States to open embassies in Jerusalem, as leaders of the Balkan s(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny: Fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin after stating that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition activist, was poisoned with the c(...)

An Iranian soldier during previous military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz. Photograph: Ali Mohammadi/AFP via Getty Images

Russia, China and Iran launched their first joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean on Friday, in the latest sign of co-operati(...)

 Russian embassy  in Berlin: tensions mount as Moscow refuses to co-operate in the investigation of a murder in which German prosecutors suspect Russian or Chechen involvement. Photograph:  Carsten Koall/GettY

Russia on Thursday expelled two German diplomats in what it called a standard diplomatic response to a similar move by Germany last week and said it h(...)

President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic: “We . . . have been confronted for many years with the highly offensive activities of various intelligence services on the territory of Serbia.”  Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Belgrade and Moscow have said their close relationship will not be ruined by a spy scandal that erupted after an alleged Russian intelligence officer (...)

Part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), about 80km east of Donetsk in Ukraine, in September 2014. Photograph: Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has released a series of phone intercepts, including one between(...)

Activists hold placards stating “France speaks French, Ukraine speaks Ukrainian” and “For Ukrainian language” during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Deputies in Ukraine have backed a Bill to strengthen Ukrainian as its state language, prompting warnings from Moscow that the move could deepen a Krem(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  shakes hands with former Soviet defence minister Dmitry Yazov in 2014.  Yazov  has been found guilty of war crimes by a Lithuanian court. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin

Russia has denounced the decision of a Lithuanian court to convict 67 former Soviet officials of offences including war crimes for their role in a dea(...)

Indians  shout slogans against Pakistan as they hold posters and pictures of captive Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan says it will on Friday repatriate an Indian fighter pilot shot down and captured by the Pakistan Air Force earlier this week, in a bid to red(...)

A  Ukrainian helicopter engages in military drill near the village of Urzuf close to Mariupol in eastern Ukraine: martial law has been imposed in border regions for 30 days. Photograph: Sega Volski/AFP

Ukraine has banned most Russian men from entering the country as part of security measures imposed after Moscow’s forces seized three of its ships and(...)

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