'God bless America' - that was the chant of many Trump fans in Russia after the results of the US election emerged. Many Russian nationalists in Moscow celebrated Trump's victory.
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?
Donald Trump may not agree, but there is little he can do as legislators call for fresh sanctions on Russia for its reported meddling in US elections. But penalizing Moscow again has two major problems apart from Trump.
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.
Russian national Maria Butina has pleaded not guilty before a US court on charges of conspiracy to act in the interest of Moscow. Her attorney described the 29-year-old as an "innocent student."
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