A police officer stands guard in front of the high court in Podgorica, Montenegro on Thursday. Photograph:  Boris Pejovic/EPA

A court in Montenegro has convicted 13 people of involvement in a 2016 coup plot, including two of the country’s opposition leaders and two alleged Ru(...)

 US national security adviser John Bolton (second from right): US president Donald Trump has said his county was unilaterally pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces  Treaty. Photograph: Russian security council handout/EPA

The Kremlin denounced US plans to withdraw from a landmark arms control pact with Russia on Monday, saying the move would undermine global security an(...)

US national security adviser John Bolton with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a military parade marking Ukraine’s independence day in Kiev on Friday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine pledged to cut all ties with Russia and to seek swifter integration with the EU and Nato on Friday, as a top US official joined Kiev’s leaders(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday. “I hope the realisation that this policy has no prospects will sooner or later come to our American partners and we can begin to co-operate on a normal basis,” he said. Photograph:  Pavel Golovkin/AP

Vladimir Putin has urged the US to reconsider its sanctions policy, saying moves by Washington to impose yet more penalties on Russia were pointless a(...)

Former Russian colonel Sergei Skripal during his Moscow trial in 2006. Photograph: Misha Japaridze/AP

One of the two people critically ill in hospital in England after “suspected exposure to an unknown substance” is a Russian man who was exchanged in a(...)

Montenegro’s opposition Democratic Front leader Andrija Mandic (right) stands next to a supporter in front of a court in Podgorica  on Thursday. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

A court in Montenegro has started hearing evidence against 14 people accused of planning a coup last October, in what prosecutors describe as a plot (...)

Montenegrin prime minister Milo Djukanovic: Montenegro’s special prosecutor said  a “powerful organisation” of about 50 people from Russia, Serbia and Montenegro intended to  kill Mr Djukanovic. Photograph:      Getty Images

Prosecutors in Montenegro say an alleged plot to seize power and kill prime minister Milo Djukanovic was led by Russian and Serbian nationalists, som(...)

Milo Djukanovic, who stepped down as Montenegro’s prime minister amid speculation over a supposed plan to seize parliament and detain him. Photograph: Savo Prelevic/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Montenegro have urged officials not to recognise the results of this month’s parliamentary election, which were marred by accus(...)

Journalists waiting for a meeting of the four-way summit on eastern Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Western powers have vowed swiftly to toughen their stance against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine if they judge that today’s peace talks are a fa(...)

 Vladimir Putin:  has utterly failed to diversify Russia’s economy during 15 years in power. Photograph: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in So(...)

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