King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is in Russia for events marking 400 years diplomatic relations between the two countries. The visit comes amid tensions over Russia's detention the crew of a Netherlands-flagged Greenpeace vessel.
The Venta Maersk will test the passage through Russian waters, which is significantly shorter than the way south through the Suez Canal. Climate change has warmed the Arctic waters, allowing ships to pass more easily.
The twin reactors have left their home port of St. Petersburg for a long, slow journey to Siberia. Environmentalists have slammed the mobile maritime reactors, saying an accident could damage parts of the Arctic.
A week after Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit, her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron made his first trip as president to Russia. Macron highlighted plans to work on joint initiatives.
Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for more than three months. Now the Kremlin has rejected his mother's request for clemency, and said Sentsov should request the pardon himself.
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