Sergei Shoigu

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 Navy sailors  attend a memorial service at Kronshtadt Navy Cathedral for 14 sailors who died in the Barents Sea in Kronshtadt, outside St Petersburg. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin disclosed on Thursday for the first time that a secret military submarine hit by a fatal fire three days ago was nuc(...)

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu (L) says land-based version of the navy’s Kalibr cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile must be built. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia’s defence minister has called on his country’s military to develop land-based intermediate-range missiles within two years. In instructions to(...)

Vladimir Putin with John Bolton:  talks came after the US president threatened to pull out of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris next month for talks arranged shortly after the US president’s threat to pull out of a nuclear arms(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw b(...)

Smoke rises from  the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, Syria on Tuesday, where a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire has failed to take hold. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes and rocket fire continued into the night on Tuesday, after a five-hour lull ordered by Vladimir Putin failed to provide aid to the rebel-h(...)

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu at an air show in Belgrade: Serbia is Russia’s key ally in a region where all the countries now either are or want to be EU members. Photograph:  Djordje Kojadinovic/Reuters

Russia has chided the United States after a senior state department official told Serbia that it must choose between its pursuit of European Union mem(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches the Zapad-2017 war games with minister for defence Sergei Shoigu (left) and chief of the general staff of Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov (second right) in Leningrad, Russia. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin watched his country’s military take part in the major “Zapad” war games on Monday, amid continuing concern from Nato (...)

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria, on  August 14th. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The Baghdad and Damascus governments appear to be co-ordinating their offensives against Islamic State (Isis) with the objective of uprooting the grou(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin sunbathes during his vacation in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been pictured spearfishing in southern Siberia’s mountains. It is the latest stunt for the action man and advent(...)

A dramatic photo of a Russian jet coming very close to  a US Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea, June 19th, 2017, in a manoeuvre  criticised as unsafe. Photograph: Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr/US European Command/AP

A close encounter between Russian and Nato warplanes over the Baltic Sea this week highlighted rising tension in the region linked to a series of majo(...)

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