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The new deal will see Kremlin-controlled energy giant Gazprom send 65 billion cubic metres of gas via Ukraine in 2020. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Russia has reached a high-stakes gas deal with Ukraine but its construction of a major new pipeline to Germany has been abruptly halted due to US sanc(...)

 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (centre) said Iran’s  breaches of the deal were “reversible if other parties fulfil their commitments. Photograph: EPA

The US has accused Iran of preparing a “rapid nuclear breakout” for resuming enrichment of uranium at its underground Fordow plant beyond limits set b(...)

 Turkey-backed members of the Syrian National Army preparing for a military operation into Kurdish areas of northern Syria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria has caught Russia between its desire to see US troops out of Syria and its commitment to Damascus to regain al(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “I have never seen this man, have never met him, and have never monitored his career or movements.” Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

The Kremlin on Tuesday played down US media reports of a CIA spy inside Russia’s presidential administration, calling them “pulp fiction”, but said a(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: has encouraged a return to the cold war-era view of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as a response to the appeasement of Hitler by Britain, France and other European states. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik

Five states that were victims of an infamous Nazi-Soviet pact have urged Europe to fight disinformation and attempts to rewrite history, 80 years afte(...)

Two Syrian girls lie in a makeshift clinic after they were wounded during bombardments in the area of Tallmannis in Syria’s northern Idlib province on Tuesday. Photograph:  Zein al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images

Ten of thousands of people have fled to Syria’s border with Turkey in the last few days as a Syrian army advance pushed further into the opposition’s (...)

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(...)

Protesters wave  EU, Georgian  and US flags during a protest  in Tbilisi against its government and Kremlin influence in the Black Sea state. Photograph: Getty Images

Moscow has accused the West of fanning anti-Russian feeling in Georgia, as ties between the ex-Soviet neighbours fray amid protests in the Black Sea s(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Sochi. Photograph:  Pavel Golovkin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo called for Moscow and Washington to put aside mistrust and build a more (...)

 Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, (C) with defence minister Vladimir Padrino (left) and members of the military  in Caracas, on Thursday. Photograph: Miraflores press office handout/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuela’s leadership made a show of unity with top military chiefs on Thursday and a court issued an arrest warrant for an opposition figure as the (...)

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