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.
The Israeli leader has accused Iran of filling the void in Syria left by the so-called "Islamic State." Israel has expressed concern that de-escalation zones brokered by Moscow pose a security threat.
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.
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?
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.
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