The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is proving shaky at best. In the city of Soledar, Russian and Ukrainian soldiers work together at a ‘Joint Situation Center’ to monitor violations. But co-operating is no easy task.
The two leaders discussed Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel was critical on press and cultural freedom as well as a ceasefire breach in Ukraine.
A journalist with dual Russian-Ukrainian citizenship has been charged with treason in Ukraine. Authorities raided the offices of RIA Novosti the Russian state-run news agency. He is expected in court on Thursday.
Ukraine's state security agency has raided the offices of a Russian state-owned media outlet in Kyiv. Security agents also arrested a Ukrainian-born Russian journalist, accusing him of treason.
Even if it falls apart, a planned Russian-German gas pipeline has already succeeded in one Kremlin objective: sowing discord in the West. But some believe commercial concerns will win out and the pipeline will go ahead.
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