Russians have discovered their own country as a holiday spot rather than heading abroad. Sochi, the city on the Black Sea that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, is popular for its maritime flair, winter sports, and many lodging options.
Russia's summer vacationers are setting their sights on a tiny Bulgarian town along the Black Sea. Many local residents welcome the visitors and the rubles they bring. Others are more skeptical.
Russia's Gazprom has begun construction on the TurkStream gas pipeline under the Black Sea to Turkey. Feeder lines are planned to also supply EU markets.
Divers have found parts of the debris from a TU-154 airplane in the Black sea near Sochi. 92 people are believed to have been killed when the military plane crashed minutes after takeoff.
Angela Merkel has met with Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea coast to talk about Ukraine, Syria and other issues putting a strain on Berlin-Moscow relations. Is the Russian president interested in honest dialogue?
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