The Winter Olympics are set to begin in Sochi with what is expected to be a spectacular opening ceremony. These will be the first Olympics to be held in Russia since the widely boycotted Moscow summer games of 1980.
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?
Russia's Vladimir Putin said there were "major suspicions" that the US is trying to sway the presidential vote in his country by allegations of doping against Russia. Several Russian athletes lost their Sochi medals.
Some EU officials worry that Brussels is no match for Russia when it comes to influence in the Balkans. Amid attempts by "external actors" to discredit the EU, officials are blaming Mogherini for inadequate efforts.
Russia's hopes of competing in the Winter Olympics suffered a major blow after the World Anti-Doping Agency ruled that the country was yet to fulfill two key demands that Moscow said have a "political character."
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