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Olaf Scholz, Germany’s chancellor, arrives at a European Union  leaders’ summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Newly installed German chancellor Olaf Scholz headed to his first summit in Brussels bearing the Russian baggage of his two predecessors. Barely a we(...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg greets Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty

Nato has said Moscow will have no say in whether Ukraine joins the alliance, rejecting Russia’s push for a de facto veto on its neighbour’s security a(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow holding a video-link meeting   with Chinese president Xi Jinping  on December 15th. Photograph:   Mikhail Metzel/SPUTNIK/AFP

Russia has said China supports its bid to win binding security guarantees from the United States as it presented specific proposals on the issue to th(...)

All forms of economic sanctions against Russia are on the table if it makes an incursion into Ukraine, the British foreign secretary has said. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/ AP

All forms of economic sanctions against Russia are on the table if it makes an incursion into Ukraine, the British foreign secretary has said. Speaki(...)

German chancellor Olaf Scholz with  French president Emmanuel Macron: A build-up of Russian troops and armour on Ukraine’s borders has sparked fears Vladimir Putin is preparing to invade the country. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

President Emmanuel Macron and chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed to relaunch Franco-German mediation in the crisis between Russia and Ukraine when Mr Schol(...)

A Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker at work along the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Atomflot

At noon on the eve of Murmansk’s “polar night”, a stretch of 40 days when the sun will not breach the horizon in this northern Russian city, the light(...)

Joe Biden held calls with the leaders of Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President of the United States Joe Biden has phoned the leaders of Ukraine and nine eastern European Nato states promising support if Russia attacks U(...)

A Ukrainian soldier in a building on the front line between Ukrainian forces and separatists, in  Marinka, near Donetsk,  Ukraine. A build-up of Russian troops along the border  has heightened worries that Russia intends to invade the Donbas region. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty

US President Joe Biden warned President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would result in heavy economic penalties and lead(...)

Monument to Issa Pliyev, an ethnic Ossetian Soviet military commander, in Vladikavkaz, capital of the North Ossetia republic in the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The small republic of North Ossetia in the Caucasus mountains last month became the first Russian region to vote down a Kremlin-backed Bill to allow d(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin holds talks with US president Joe Biden via video. Photograph: Mikhael Metzel/Sputnik/Kremlin/EPA

The United States and its allies will respond with “strong economic and other measures” against Russia if it takes military action against Ukraine, Pr(...)

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