EU member countries have agreed to extend sanctions against Russia for its annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Will limits on economic access to the EU force Russian President Vladimir Putin to comply with the Minsk peace accord?
Ahead of a key meeting with creditors in Caracas about $60 billion of debts, the president has insisted Venezuela will never default on its debt. Meanwhile, the EU has moved to impose sanctions including an arms embargo.
Germany's foreign minister has said hopes to increase EU-Belarus ties during a visit to Minsk. It was the first time in seven years that a German foreign minister held bilateral talks with the Russia-allied country.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on Germany and Russia to "rebuild a minimum of trust." He's the first German head of state to visit Russia in seven years.
Until now, only individual Russians have been sanctioned over doping violations, but WADA was recently presented with new information. So will the IOC still allow Russian athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Games?
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