The street outside the Russian embassy in Washington DC has been renamed Boris Nemtsov Plaza, after a prominent Putin critic who was gunned down in Moscow three years ago.
Russia has carried out its first airstrikes in southwest Syria in support of an Assad regime offensive. The battlefield space is one of the most geopolitically complex and explosive in the seven-year war.
Amid deeply strained ties between Washington and Berlin, Emily Haber, Germany's new US ambassador, has her work cut out for herself. But former US officials who know her say she is exactly the right woman for the job.
Moscow authorities will look into the idea of designating the US embassy as "North American Dead End No. 1," the mayor's office said. A lawmaker floated the new name after a "Boris Nemtsov Plaza" appeared in Washington.
Germany's Heiko Maas has hosted the foreign ministers from Russia and Ukraine, as talks aimed at resolving the Ukraine conflict resumed for the first time in 16 months. Maas has warned that talks will be "tough."
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