Russian Ambassador to Ireland Maxim Peshkov: has warned sanctions will involve retaliation, which would have an impact on Irish exports to Russia.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is strongly in Ireland’s national interest to back sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea(...)

Cossacks rally yesterday in the Russian southern city  of Stavropol to support the annexation of Crimea. Photograph: Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters

The West has pledged to impose more sanctions on Moscow after it annexed Crimea yesterday, in a move that prompte(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen tonight said Russia’s move to annex Crimea had put Moscow on a “dangerous path”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has condemned Russia’s move to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region, saying Moscow had embarked on a “dan(...)

People wave Russian flags as fireworks explode in the sky over Sevastopol in the  Crimea region of  Ukraine tonight. Russian president Vladimir Putin, who on 17 March has signed a decree recognising Crimea as an independent and sovereign state. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA.

The United States and European Union have imposed personal sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukrain(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who met the EU leaders, told reporters that Ukraine was “ready to protect” its country. Photograph: Reuters

The European Union voted to suspend visa-liberalisation discussions with Russia, and talks on a new economic co-operation package, but stopped (...)

Pedestrians walk past a currency exchange display showing rouble - euro (bottom) and rouble - US dollar (top) exchange rates in central St Petersburg, Russia. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

The Ukrainian region of Crimea could adopt the Russian rouble as its currency and “nationalise” state property as part of plans to join the Rus(...)

A protester holds a modified magazine cover depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin during a march opposing the Russian incursion in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv yesterday. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

For months, Russia told Crimeans to fear Ukraine’s revolution, and now it has sent in troops to calm that fear. Casting himself as defend(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen described the situation in Ukraine as “dangerous”. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

European foreign ministers will consider imposing targeted asset freezes on Russia at an emergency mee(...)

An armed man patrols at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea today. A group of armed men in military uniforms have seized the main regional airport in Simferopol, Crimea, Interfax news agency said. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region today in what Ukraine’s government described as an invasion and occupation by Russ(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that in Moscow’s view the only solution to the Syrian crisis was a diplomatic one. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

As western countries prepared to put pressure on president Vladimir Putin during the upcoming G20 summit in St Petersburg, there was no indication of (...)

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