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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Britain had violated the Chemical Weapons Convention in denying Russia access to the poison. Britain should comply with its international obligations before “putting forward ultimatums”.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Getty Images

Russia denied British allegations on Tuesday that it was responsible for the attempted murder of a former spy and double agent and his daughter in sou(...)

Britain’s home secretary Amber Rudd visits the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after having been poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury. Photograph: Reuters

Almost 200 military personnel will join police in investigating the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, as Moscow denied any role in t(...)

A  man cycles past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces launched a ground assault on the edge of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave on Wednesday, seeking to gain territory despit(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (centre) and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic (second from right) at the St Sava temple in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Djordje Kojadinovic/Reuters

Serbia has told Russia it will not sacrifice the two countries’ close relations to secure European Union membership, as Moscow accused the EU and Nato(...)

Kurdish fighters flash the victory gesture as they welcome a convoy of pro-Syrian government fighters arriving in Syria’s Afrin region on Tuesday. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria’s northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising (...)

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra hugs prime minister Mark Rutte after announcing his resignation in the Dutch parliament on Tuesday. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra quit on Tuesday after admitting that he had lied about attending a meeting in 2006 at which he said Russian pres(...)

Dutch minister for foreign affairs Halbe Zijlstra: opposition parties are demanding his resignation. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra admitted on Monday he had lied about hearing Russian president Vladimir Putin make comments about plans for a “g(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: said it was his government’s “duty to drown this terrorist force before it is born”. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the US of forming a “terrorist army” that it was Turkey’s duty to “drown”, after Washington anno(...)

Prisoners of war (POWs) from   separatist, self-proclaimed republics on the Ukraine-Russia border board a bus during an exchange of captives near the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk region, Ukraine. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels fighting in the country’s east exchanged hundreds of captives on Wednesday, in the first major prisoner sw(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday that Russia had “not successfully” interfered in British elections, during a tense press confer(...)

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