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19.08.18 Tough Talks, No Agreements At Merkel, Putin Meeting Near Berlin
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire during tough talks outside Berlin that ended with no clearcut progress. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters no agreements were reached, but the meeting had simply been intended to “check the watches” after Merkel’s meeting with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in May. Read more 
19.08.18 Vladimir Putin Attends Austrian Foreign Minister's Wedding
BBC News
Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who has been criticised for inviting him. Mr Putin gave her presents and danced with her at the event in the southern Austrian province of Styria.
Opposition politicians have accused Ms Kneissl of undermining EU foreign policy with her choice of guest. Mr Putin stopped in Austria on his way to Germany, where he held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read more 
19.08.18 Cossacks And Flowers As Putin Dances At Austrian Minister's Wedding
Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers booked to serenade the newlyweds. He was on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin. Read more 
19.08.18 Russia Sends Diplomatic Protest Note To U.S. Over Mission Closures
The Moscow Times
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a diplomatic protest note to the U.S. State Department for its closure of several Russian foreign policy consulates and missions that have marked increasing tensions between the two nations in the past several years. The United States has shuttered Russian consulates, seized diplomatic compounds and expelled dozens of Russian diplomats in response to allegations against Russia of interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and involvement in the Novichok nerve agent attack in Britain. Read more 
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