Red Square is Moscow's best-known landmark and a symbol of Russian might. It was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1990.
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and President Vladimir Putin met at the new plant near Moscow where Mercedes-Benz cars are to be made. Chancellor Merkel's office stressed it was not a return to business as usual.
The US has begun its withdrawal from the INF treaty with Russia, prompting Moscow to also suspend its participation in the 1987 arms control pact. President Putin said Russia would start work on building new missiles.
A taxi driver has admitted falling asleep at the wheel and plowing his car into pedestrians near Red Square, injuring eight people. He told police that after working for 20 hours, his foot mistakenly hit the gas pedal.
From vodka to beloved opera classics – DW's Anastassia Boutsko takes a look at World Cup host Russia's most popular exports and clears up some cultural cliches.
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