Frank-Walter Steinmeier met top Ukrainian officials in Kiev on Saturday to find a diplomatic solution to Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Ukraine's chief prosecutor said Nadiya Savchenko planned to "finish off the survivors with automatic rifles." The ex-combat pilot has welcomed the claims, saying she fully backs a military coup against the government.
Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a renewed push for peace in Ukraine as conflicting sides fail to live up to the Minsk agreements. The optimistic tone comes as the EU renewed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier is making the first visit to Russia by a German president since 2010. It may look like a diplomatic olive branch, but Moscow and Berlin can hardly expect a normalization of relations.
Heiko Maas has outlined his duties as Germany's new top diplomat during a handover ceremony at the Foreign Ministry. Maas said Germany must foster closer cohesion in the EU and vowed to toughen the stance toward Russia.
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