A gathering of people in the elevator business has taken place in Moscow. The event presented a good opportunity to reassess the advantages of economic ties with Russia while Western sanctions against it were still in place.
Russia has reacted with ridicule to the release of the US government's so-called "Kremlin Report," a template for future sanctions. Experts have also been critical. DW looks at the list and its potential ramifications.
As his administration made clear by its recent handling of the "oligarch report," US President Donald Trump is in no rush to impose new sanctions on Russia. But Congress might force his hand on the issue soon.
Trade between Russia and Germany has increased by about a quarter in the past 12 months. The surge came despite sanctions which the European Union imposed against Moscow for its alleged role in the Ukraine conflict.
The Trump administration says it will ignore a new sanctions law aimed at punishing Russia for alleged election meddling. The White House has, however, released a list of Russian elites with close ties to Vladimir Putin.
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