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    1. 10 hours ago

      Georgia calls on west to condemn Abkhazia treaty with Russia

      Georgia’s prime minister has called on the international community to condemn the treaty Russia signed on Monday with...

    2. November 24, 2014

      Vladimir Putin signs treaty with Abkhazia and puts Tbilisi on edge

      Vladimir Putin has signed a sweeping treaty with Abkhazia and pledged new financial aid that critics say will speed the...

    3. November 21, 2014

      Biden promises to support Kiev – but not with heavy weapons

      Joe Biden, the US vice-president, told an audience in Kiev on Friday that Washington would always support a democratic,...

    4. November 20, 2014

      Failure to reach a nuclear deal will drive Iran into Russia’s arms

      Tehran and Moscow, facing similar political and economic pressures from the west, have developed strong ties since the...

    5. November 20, 2014

      US and Iran prepare for the blame game

      “If it were not for the last minute, nothing would ever get done,” the American writer Rita Mae Brown once put it. Her...

    6. November 19, 2014

      Naftogaz warns of gas cuts to Ukraine’s breakaway east

      Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state gas company, is warning about its ability to continue supplying the country’s rebellious eastern...

    7. November 19, 2014

      China and Russia in naval co-operation vow

      China and Russia have vowed to strengthen bilateral military co-operation and hold joint naval exercises to counter US...

    8. November 18, 2014

      Russian tax law aims to coax businesses back home

      Russia has moved to flush its companies and wealthy citizens out of foreign refuges by passing new legislation that tightens...

    9. beyondbrics

      November 18, 2014

      Kiev and Brussels warm to each other as Putin cold-shouldered in Brisbane

      Leaders from Kiev and Brussels were busy this weekend warming up their energy ties as Vladimir Putin bailed out early from...

    10. November 16, 2014

      Putin leaves G20 early over Ukraine

      Vladimir Putin walked out early from the G20 summit on Sunday after two days of tensions with fellow leaders over the crisis...

    11. November 15, 2014

      Cameron warns Putin that Russia is at ‘fork in the road’

      David Cameron has warned Vladimir Putin that Russia is at “a fork in the road” in its relations with Ukraine and that Moscow...

    12. November 14, 2014

      Russia army build-up triggers guessing game over aims in Ukraine

      Columns of tanks are crossing the border; sophisticated weapons systems are again trundling through the streets of Donetsk...

    13. November 12, 2014

      Putin ally says China cannot replace western financing

      A close ally of Vladimir Putin has said Asia cannot replace the west as a source of financing for Russia’s sanctions-hit...

    14. November 11, 2014

      Ukraine currency slumps as reserves dry up

      A re-escalation in violence in eastern Ukraine sent the hryvnia to fresh lows on Tuesday, increasing the strain on the...

    15. November 11, 2014

      As winter nears, Russia strains to feed and heat Crimea

      After Eskender, a 33-year-old coal dealer in Pervomaisky, one of Crimea’s remote rural districts, filled the bed of his...

    16. November 10, 2014

      Kazakh currency faces devaluation dilemma

      You only need to look at a chart of Kazakhstan’s currency against the rouble to appreciate Kairat Kelimbetov’s dilemma. The...

    17. November 10, 2014

      Putin aims to cement China links as ties with west fray

      When Vladimir Putin met China’s president Xi Jinping on Sunday, a memorandum of understanding for a second massive gas...

    18. November 10, 2014

      Russia presses ahead with fully floating the rouble

      The Bank of Russia pressed ahead with fully floating the rouble on Monday, a move that helped the currency to stabilise on...

    19. November 8, 2014

      Gorbachev warns world on ‘the brink of a new cold war’

      Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned on Saturday that the Ukraine crisis had brought the world to “the brink...

    20. November 7, 2014

      Rouble’s fall threatens to reshuffle Russia’s banks

      Having suffered two currency crises since 1998, Muscovites take a while before they worry about the value of the rouble. But...

    21. November 7, 2014

      Rouble’s wobbles send tremors though Putin’s Kremlin

      The night before the rouble took its worst beating so far this year, Russian president Vladimir Putin convened an emergency...

    22. November 7, 2014

      Plunging rouble raises spectre of fresh financial crisis for Russia

      Russia faces the risk of financial instability, the country’s central bank warned, after dramatic gyrations in the currency...

    23. November 6, 2014

      Ukraine’s ceasefire frays as Russian annexation creeps forward

      The September 5 Minsk protocol ended large-scale fighting in eastern Ukraine. Yet two months after it was signed by Moscow,...

    24. November 6, 2014

      After 25 years Germany needs a foreign policy

      Germany is casting around for a foreign policy. To say Angela Merkel’s government has embraced the task with unbridled...

    25. November 5, 2014

      Plummeting rouble loses central bank support

      The Central Bank of Russia announced an effective free float of the rouble on Wednesday, a step which triggered a fresh...

    26. FT Photo Diary

      November 4, 2014

      Celebrating Russia

      Ivan Sekretarev/AP People of pro-government groups, with Russian flags, dance marching through downtown Moscow to mark...

    27. November 3, 2014

      Moscow recognises Ukraine separatist vote

      Russia on Monday moved swiftly to recognise results of controversial elections in Ukraine’s breakaway eastern regions,...

    28. November 2, 2014

      Ukraine’s self-declared republics hold elections

      Ukrainians in the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk voted on Sunday to elect leaders and lawmakers in the...

    29. beyondbrics

      October 31, 2014

      Memo to the EU: stop gassing Ukraine

      By Samuel Greene of King’s College London Thursday’s EU-brokered Ukraine-Russia gas deal restores energy flows to Ukraine,...

    30. October 30, 2014

      Russia and Ukraine reach gas deal

      Russia has secured an 11th-hour deal to resume gas exports to Ukraine, allaying concerns that Europe would face an energy...

    31. October 28, 2014

      Russian government behind cyber attacks, says security group

      Russian state-backed cyber spies are behind co-ordinated, sophisticated digital attacks in the past two years against...

    32. October 26, 2014

      Putin makes west an offer wrapped up in a warning

      It was the bitter anti-US invective in a speech by Vladimir Putin on Friday that caught the headlines. But, alongside the...

    33. October 26, 2014

      Succession planning faces tighter climate

      UK regulators are looking at tightening guidelines on company succession planning because of growing concerns over the way...

    34. October 24, 2014

      Ukraine elections mark generational shift

      Ukraine prepares to vote She became an icon during Ukraine’s 2004 Orange revolution and remains one of the country’s most...

    35. October 23, 2014

      Radoslaw Sikorski at centre of storm over Ukraine comments

      A diplomatic storm sparked by Poland’s former foreign minister has cast into confusion Warsaw’s approach to the crisis in...

    36. October 22, 2014

      EU seeks alternative energy suppliers

      When Guenther Oettinger, the EU’s commissioner for energy, warned last month that Russia might cut natural gas supplies to...

    37. October 22, 2014

      Café encounter exposes reality of Russian soldiers in Ukraine

      There are no active Russian servicemen in Ukraine – or so the Kremlin has been insisting for months. Yet a recent encounter...

    38. October 21, 2014

      ‘Business is held hostage by politics’

      This is the transcript of the last speech by Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of Total, given shortly before his...

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