Russia has seized upon an apparently spontaneous comment made by US Secretary of State John Kerry to push for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons. If Syria did so, the US would not attack it, Kerry said.
The US, UK and France have threatened to respond if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons. The warning from the three countries comes on the five-year anniversary of a chemical attack in Damascus.
The UK's new foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, has called on the EU to increase sanctions on Russia. Moscow reacted swiftly, suggesting London was in no position to tell the EU what to do with Brexit only a few months away.
Vladimir Putin is meeting Merkel outside Berlin on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two seasoned leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
Recent diplomatic tension and harsh rhetoric have pushed Germany and Turkey apart, but the relationship is not completely shattered. On economic issues in particular, the two countries share common goals.
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