Specter of Sanctions Hangs Over Russia as Merkel Hosts Putin

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  • Don’t expect miracles from Putin trip to Berlin, Merkel says
  • Russia temporarily suspends bombing of Aleppo ahead of talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Photographer: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP via Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin’s hastily-announced visit to Berlin comes on the heels of a temporary moratorium on Russia’s bombing of Aleppo as its military actions in Syria invite more punitive action from the West.

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