Sergei Skripal

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 Russian diplomats and family members leaving the   Russian embassy in central London on Tuesday, March 20th.  British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal  and his daughter Yulia  who  were found suffering from exposure to a rare nerve agent in Salisbury on  March 4th.  Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Britain has stepped up checks on private flights entering the country but has held back from taking further retaliatory action in response to the poi(...)

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin  speak during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July  2017. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his landslide victory in Sunday’s election, breakin(...)

Moscow said it was ordering the closure of the British Council in Russia and ending an agreement to reopen the British consulate in St Petersburg. Photograph: Getty

Russia’s government is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agen(...)

A police officer stands guard outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

British police have launched a murder investigation into the death of the Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov after a pathologist concluded he died f(...)

Arsenal’s Russia tie: the team’s Europa League quarter-final opponents, CSKA Moscow, are revealed by Éric Abidal at Friday’s draw in Nyon. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Arsenal have encouraged their supporters to follow advice from the UK foreign office after the club was drawn to play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League(...)

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris: “Europe must present a united front,” says Dr Merkle. “When France and Germany propose things, they have a good chance of happening.” Photograph: François Mori

Germany, France and Europe waited more than six months for chancellor Angela Merkel to form her new coalition government, which was confirmed on Wedne(...)

Nikolay Glushkov, who was a close associate of the late Boris Berezovsky,  was found dead at his home in south London on Monday. File photograph: Pavel Smertin/Kommersant Photo/AP

Police have launched a murder investigation into the death in London this week of a Russian exile who had been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. (...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “Maybe he lacks education, I don’t know,” he said of UK  defence secretary Gavin Williamson, who said on Thursday that “Russia should go away, it should shut up”. Photograph: Mukhtar Kholdorbekov/Reuters

Russia is set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for prime minister Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russians over a nerve agent attack on(...)

British prime minister Theresa May on a visit to Salisbury, where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent last week. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The joint statement yesterday by the leaders of France, Germany, the US and the UK, in which they said Russia was highly likely to have been behind th(...)

 Russia’s ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov speaking at the Russian embassy on Orwell Road, Rathgar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The diplomatic war of words between Russia and the UK over the poisoning of a former spy in Salisbury, England spread to Dublin on Thursday as Moscow’(...)

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