Russian representatives are to meet NATO officials for the first time in nearly two years. Relations between Moscow and the military alliance have become increasingly strained since the annexation of Crimea.
Germany's Social Democrats are dismayed at former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's nomination to the board of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. The party's secretary-general, however, is taking the bull by the horns.
Ukraine says that German dance band Scooter broke the law when it performed in Russian-annexed Crimea. But is the concert one of many signs that Western Europe is accepting the status quo in the area?
A new media report claims North Korea was able to develop its missile system after buying rocket engines on the black market in Ukraine. Kyiv denies the link. In this international mystery, the clues lead to Russia.
Russia finds itself confronted with a widening of EU sanctions over the country's annexation of Crimea in 2014. The transfer of Siemens turbines to the peninsula triggered a fresh round of punitive measures.
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