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.
The German chancellor has partially blamed Russia for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. But the Kremlin said that despite their differences, Moscow would "continue bilateral contacts" with Berlin.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Donald Trump's "Twitter diplomacy." The White House insists that "all options are on the table" when it comes to Syria.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has shed some light on Germany's position as tensions flare in Syria. She said Germany stood ready to assist its allies, but that Germany's military would not be involved.
Security Council member states have failed to agree on a plan to probe a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. The US has threatened a "forceful" response after dozens of civilians were killed in rebel-held Douma.
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