The Winter Olympics in Sochi are over - and hosts Russia came back from a weak start to top the medals table. On Sunday evening Sochi said goodbye to the world with a lavish closing ceremony.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to discuss the Iran nuclear accord, as well as the wars in Syria and Ukraine with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Merkel is one of the few leaders Putin "takes seriously" analysts told DW.
It would be naive to think that Vladimir Putin's Russia is the better partner than Donald Trump's US, says DW's Ingo Mannteufel.
Russian President Putin said the Syrian military's successes have created conditions for "the start of a political process on a major scale." Syria's Assad said progress would be made in the Astana peace talks.
In an exclusive interview with DW, Russian economist and politician Grigory Yavlinsky says Putin's policy of protecting the Syrian regime was not in Russia's interest. Yavlinsky sees no change in Kremlin's policies.
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