Andrei Karlov, Russian ambassador to Turkey, was shot dead in Ankara this afternoon. The killer was allegedly taking revenge for the Russian's bombing of Syria.
Vladimir Putin is coming to Germany on Saturday to discuss Syria, Ukraine and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Angela Merkel. But what can the two long-serving leaders hope to say that they haven't said before?
The German chancellor's return to work has come with a number of foreign policy challenges. Migration has dominated her agenda of late, while disagreements over Ukraine and Syria continue to fuel tension with Russia.
Russia is putting its military along the Golan Heights frontier as it seeks to temper tensions between Israel and Syria. A wild card remains how Russia can manage a potentially explosive Israel-Iran conflict in Syria.
President Erdogan announced the meeting without confirmation from his counterparts in the other three countries. Russia and Turkey have backed opposing sides in the conflict.
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