Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry's agreement on Syria has led to talk of an improvement in US-Russian relations. But observers say the change is a matter of style, not substance.
Ecstatic crowds are expected to greet Vladimir Putin as he enters the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade alongside Aleksandar Vucic. For over a month, thousands have turned out for weekly protests against Serbia's president.
Moscow has accused Tokyo of attempting to "stir up the atmosphere" ahead of key talks. Russia and Japan never signed a peace treaty in the wake of World War II, and disputed islands may prevent them from doing so now.
With the US pulling out of Syria, Russia holds the cards to determine how far Turkey can go with a military option. Diplomatic and military factors may be causing Turkey to think twice.
Russian warplanes have struck rebel targets thought to have been behind a toxic gas attack on Aleppo that left dozens of people needing hospital treatment. Moscow accused militants of firing shells containing chlorine.
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