Russian economic sanctions against Turkey in response to the downing of a Russian warplane are harming Turkish businesses. Hardest hit is Turkey's tourism industry, which has seen a sharp drop in visitors from Russia.
Russia has voted in favor of new sanctions against North Korea in the United Nations Security Council, even though they include new oil sanctions. The Russian resource plays a much greater role than previously thought.
US President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States could cease trading with any country that "does business" with North Korea. But which countries actually trade with the reclusive communist state?
Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO - much to the annoyance of Washington. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might need that new S-400 missile defense system at home.
Russia is commemorating Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the famous AK-47 assault rifle, with an imposing statue in Moscow. It's a powerfully symbolic tribute and an expression of how Russia sees itself in today's world.
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