German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected by many nations to take a lead role in dealing with the Crimea crisis. It is shaping up to be the biggest foreign policy challenge of her career.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed desire to repair ties with the European Union, insisting he does not want to divide the 28-nation bloc. Putin travels to Austria in a first EU trip since his re-election.
In a Germany first, Chancellor Angela Merkel fielded direct questions from lawmakers, with Russia and G7 high on the agenda. But the attempt to pep up the Bundestag's image left Merkel more lightly toasted than grilled.
EU sanctions including travel restrictions and asset freezes against 150 people and 38 Russian companies are to remain in force until at least September. Austria looks unlikely to break ranks with its European partners.
A week after Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit, her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron made his first trip as president to Russia. Macron highlighted plans to work on joint initiatives.
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