Russian navy Tarantul-III class missile boat of the Black Sea fleet prepares for a voyage at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Western states claim Russia has amassed about 40,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Nato has suspended co-operation with Russia over its annexation of Crimea and its build-up of forces on Ukraine’s(...)

Following weeks of speculation, NATO confirmed this afternoon that 55-year-old Jens Stoltenberg will assume the role of head of the defence organisation in October. Photograph: Reuters.

Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent in Brussels Former Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg has been named as the new secretary ge(...)

President Barack Obama, second from right, during a wreath laying ceremony at Flanders Field Cemetery in Waregem, Belgium, yesterday. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

US president Barack Obama yesterday underlined the longstanding links between the US and Europe on security and defence policy, as he(...)

US president Barack Obama. How the US moves beyond the financial sanctions imposed on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials  is the subject of feverish debate within political circles and foreign policy confabs in Washington. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The biggest foreign policy crisis of the Obama presidency has deepened under the weight of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s ignoring of US sanct(...)

A Ukrainian naval officer passes by armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, as he leaves the naval headquarters in the Crimean city of Sevastopol yesterday. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Kiev is moving to withdraw its military from Crimea and to distance itself dramatically from Russia, as Moscow’s troops and local allies seize Ukra(...)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun in the Black Sea yesterday. The US destroyer carried out a naval exercise with other ships in the latest display of American military power just a few hundred kilometres from Crimea. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

EU heads of state arrive today in Brussels for the start of a two-day summit which will be dominated by the Ukrainian crisis, as the European U(...)

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(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker is the favourite to be put forward for European Commission president, mainly because he has received the support of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. Photograph: Getty

What is happening today? The European People’s Party (EPP), the umbrella-group for centre-right parties in the European Parliament, is meeting i(...)

Pro-Russian protesters in a show of defiance during a takeover of the regional parliament building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: The New York Times

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine places it “on the wrong side of history”, US president Barack Obama has said, as Washington, Nato and the(...)

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(...)

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