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Czech  prime minister Andrej Babis: ”It’s not acceptable – if it’s true – for a foreign state to take action against our citizens here.” Photograph:  Getty Images

The Russian embassy in Prague has asked Czech police to protect one of its diplomats who local media say was involved in an alleged plot to poison pol(...)

Bulgaria’s prime minister Boyko Borisov: critics accuse him of trying to curry favour with the West amid corruption allegations.  Photograph:  Ludovic Marin

A string of lurid spying and corruption scandals has soured the traditionally warm relations between Russia and Bulgaria, prompting Moscow’s foreign i(...)

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov (left) and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Bulgaria declared two Russian diplomats as personae non gratae for allegedly gathering state secrets. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin

Moscow has sharply criticised Bulgaria after it expelled two Russians for alleged spying and charged three others in a mysterious poisoning case, in m(...)

Swiss police on duty in Davos. Photograph: EPA

Russian plumbers do not tend to summer in Davos. Even those with diplomatic passports. Five months before world leaders began their pilgrimage to the(...)

 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(...)

Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the  match between Chelsea FC and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

A US financier who co-owns the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team has tabled a takeover offer to acquire London’s Chelsea Football Club from Russian ol(...)

Roman Abramovich: he  took Israeli citizenship in May 2018, and cancelled a new 60,000-seat, £1bn   stadium development  planned for Stamford Bridge.  Photograph: Getty Images

Roman Abramovich has rejected bidders who think they can buy Chelsea at a “bargain” price, and remains just as involved in the club as he has ever bee(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron attend a meeting at Fort Bregancon near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, France, in August. Photograph:  Sputnik/Sergei Guneevn/Kremlin via Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron’s rapprochement with Vladimir Putin’s Russia has provoked incomprehension, even hostility, among France’s European partners.(...)

The UK  is about to leave the main political-economic club on the continent without any broader strategy as to how it will manage its relationship with that organisation. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Beyond vague slogans and nostalgic evocation of bygone glories, Brexiteers have always struggled to articulate a coherent vision of Britain’s place in(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: ‘Since March 2014, when Russia’s membership of the G8 was suspended, nothing has changed.’ Photograph: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters

Ukraine and its major European allies have criticised US president Donald Trump’s suggestion that Russia should be readmitted to the G7 club of rich n(...)

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