Sergei Lavrov

Russian ambassador suggests BRITISH lab Porton Down could be the source of spy attack nerve agent

A British lab could be the source of the deadly nerve agent that poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal , a top Russian diplomat has suggested.<p>Vladimir …

UK Politics

Putin Wins Election But That Means Absolutely Nothing

Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential election which is something that didn’t surprise anyone with the reading comprehension above the third …

Conservative View

US, British, French forces directly involved in Syria war: Russia FM

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says US, British and French special forces are “directly” engaged in the war on Syria and operating on the …

Middle East

Russia Orders the Expulsion of 23 British Diplomats in Retaliation

Russia ordered the expulsion of 23 British diplomats in retaliation for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s ouster of 23 Kremlin envoys over the …


COLD WAR CHEAT SHEET: Strongman Putin’s assassination gambit

A former Russian spy, murdered in a quiet British hamlet.An enemy of the state strangled to death in his posh London flat.And a former spymaster …


Timeline: Spy poisoning causes UK and Russia row - key events as nerve agent attack puts Cold War enemies at loggerheads

Sergei Skripal was a child of the Cold War, having been born in Kiev in 1951 when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union.<p>Physically strong and …

UK Politics

Opinion today: A high-stakes Russian retaliation game

<i>This article is from today’s FT Opinion email. Sign up to receive a daily digest of the big issues straight to your inbox.</i><p>UK Prime Minister Theresa …


Russia: Why Does Moscow’s Perennial Quest for Recognition Go Nowhere?

The rise of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States was supposed to be a boon for Russia. Instead, it has become a source of profound …

Donald Trump

In Tillerson saga, the more things change, the more they remain the same

Tillerson is being replaced by former Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo.

South Africa

Russia vows to respond to Britain over spy attack 'any minute'

Moscow said Friday it could hit back at Britain at “any minute” with its own raft of punitive measures after the West blamed Russia directly for a …


Vladimir Putin’s politics of eternity

Since consolidating his power in rigged elections at the start of the decade, the Russian leader has pioneered a politics of fictional threats and invented enemies. By Timothy Snyder<p>Americans and Europeans have been guided through our new century by what I will call <i>the politics of inevitability</i> – a …


Could Russia's most notorious troll account become a casualty of diplomatic tensions?

For eight years, it has insulted, entertained, and bemused in a tireless quest to bring Twitter trolling into the diplomatic mainstream.<p>Now @RussianEmbassy, the official Twitter feed of Russia's diplomatic mission on Kensingston Palace Gardens that once compared Barack Obama to a duck, could be …


Russian exiles contacted over safety after tycoon murder

<b>UK police have begun to contact a number of Russian exiles to discuss their safety as they investigate the murder of businessman Nikolai Glushkov.</b><p>The 68-year-old's body was found at his home in south London on 12 March.<p>The BBC has been told police and the security services have reassessed their …


Trump and the Russia investigation: What to know

President Trump and the Kremlin have denied allegations that Russia and the Trump campaign colluded in the 2016 presidential election – but the probe into suspicions of Russian meddling is forging ahead.<p>A special counsel was appointed to investigate potential wrongdoing, and the team has already …

Donald Trump

Russia has 'stopped paying attention' to Britain over spy poisoning allegations, says Kremlin Foreign Minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has hit back at Theresa May and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson over allegations the country poisoned an …


UK trade minister optimistic about resolution over U.S. tariffs | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain has made its disappointment with U.S. import tariffs on metals known and is optimistic about a resolution, UK trade minister Liam Fox said on Friday.<p>Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox speaks during a Reuters Newsmaker event in Manhattan, New …

Business (India)

U.K. Accuses Putin Over Poison Attack as Police Launch Probe into Exile’s Death

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow prepared to escalate standoff with the West<p>Britain’s top diplomat on Friday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering a nerve-agent attack that left an ex-double agent and his daughter fighting for their lives, as police launched a murder investigation …


The west revives anger at Putin, who's anything but humbled

Western powers are showing growing exasperation and anger at Russia's Vladimir Putin with a new round of U.S. sanctions and condemnations over hacking, a nerve-agent attack in England and the carnage from the regime he backs in Syria.<p>But none of that is likely to deter -- or humble -- Putin, who's …


'No questions ... or are there?': how RT is reporting the spy scandal

During 24 hours spent watching RT, it makes good on its aim to present ‘the Russian viewpoint’<p>According to its website, RT news (slogan: “Question more”) aims to acquaint an international audience with the Russian viewpoint by providing an alternative perspective on major global events.<p>Measured …


Russian spy poisoning: Putin crosses the red line

<i>Amy Knight is the author of</i> Orders To Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder.<p>The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in Britain along with his daughter on March 4, was an officer with Russian military intelligence, the GRU. He reportedly passed on to British intelligence, MI6, …


Italy finally comments on nerve agent attack as PM Gentiloni plans to call Theresa May

The scheduled phone call, reported by Ansa and Rai which cited government sources, follows a statement issued by the Italian foreign ministry on …


Russia to expel British diplomats in retaliatory move

Russia will expel British diplomats stationed within the country in a retaliatory move for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announcing she would expel …


In the West, Russia rules the headlines. In Russia, a collective shrug

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> The recent Russia headlines have been alarming: The poisoning of a Russian double agent in England set off a diplomatic confrontation between Moscow and London; the Trump administration announced new sanctions on Russia for attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election; and …


Latest: 'Russia is not guilty' of spy poisoning, says Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov

<b>Update - 1.52pm:</b> Russia's ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko quoted foreign minister Sergey Lavrov as saying Britain's "failure to co-operate" …


Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov confirms intention to expel British diplomats

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has confirmed that Moscow will expel UK diplomats in Russia as the row shows no sign of settling.<p>Asked …


Astana Rejects Lavrov's Statement On Visa-Free Travel To Kazakhstan For Americans

Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry has rejected a Russian proposal to revisit its visa-free regime for U.S. citizens.


Survey claims fans want Russia boycott

Nearly half of England football fans want the national team to boycott the World Cup in Russia, a new survey has claimed.


Syria war: Thousands flee offensives in Afrin and Ghouta - BBC News

Eastern Ghouta evacuees are staying at a school under government control<p>More than 60,000 people have fled two separate offensives in Syria in recent days, the UN says.<p>Up to 16,000 people have fled Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, where Russian air strikes are supporting Syrian government attempts to …

Middle East

Putin is unaccountable

John Sparks, Africa Correspondent<p>Russia has been at war with the west for years. It just has not felt like a war until now.<p>We have grown used to …


Russia Blasts 'Intellectually Impotent' British Minister in Aftermath of Ex-Spy’s Poisoning

Britain’s Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson made headlines on Thursday, telling Russia to "go away and shut up."