A Russian 'spy' has reportedly been captured and beheaded by so-called Islamic State militants in Syria, a monitoring group has claimed.Read the full story ›
Vladimir Putin pledged support for France's "grand coalition" despite avoiding eye-contact with Francois Hollande in frosty bilateral talks.Read the full story ›
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, is scheduled to visit Turkey on Wednesday.
It is unclear whether the trip will still go ahead after the Turkish military shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border.
The RAF scrambled Typhoon jets to intercept Russian military jets approaching British airspace last night.
Planes were sent from the air base at Lossiemouth, north east Scotland, after two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bomber planes were sighted flying over the Atlantic towards the UK.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said the Russian aircraft were escorted until they were clear of the UK area of interest. At no time did they cross into UK sovereign airspace, he added.
It is the latest in a number of incidents in recent months in which Moscow has sent planes skirting the edge of British airspace in a legal but provocative move amid worsening international relations.
Russia's Federal Security Service said a bomb caused the death of all 224 people on board the Metrojet flight on Halloween.Read the full story ›
Neither Egypt nor Russia has accepted an offer of help from the FBI to investigate the crash of Metrojet flight 9268 at the end of last month.
The plane crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on 31st October shortly after takeoff.
FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said the bureau had offered "forensic assistance" and other unspecified services to both Russia and Egypt.
Russia has sent missile systems to Syria to protect its military forces there, Reuters reported.
Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, head of Russia's air force, said fighter jets could be hijacked in countries neighbouring Syria and used to attack Russian forces.
"We have calculated all possible threats. We have sent not only fighter jets, bombers and helicopters, but also missile systems," Bondarev told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.
"We must be ready."
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad discussed the fight against Islamic State during a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.
The Syrian President flew to the Russian capital for the talks, during which President Assad thanked President Putin for his military support.
The visit is believed to be Assad's first foreign trip since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011.
Russia has faced criticism since it began its bombing campaign in Syria last month, with some claiming Mr Putin is more concerned with propping up Assad than defeating Islamic State.
The Russian President has said their aim is to "stabilise the legitimate authority" of Assad.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said it was important to ensure Assad stopped carrying out "indiscriminate" attacks on his own people.
A wild bear was shot and killed by Russian police after it was caught on camera wandering around a shopping centre.Read the full story ›
A defence ministry official reportedly said Russia had intensified its campaign in the last 24 hours, with 64 sorties hitting 55 targets.Read the full story ›