The US has expressed displeasure at Snowden's public appearance in Moscow. He says he will try to get to Latin America.
Russian politicians have brushed off ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgrade of the country's debt, calling the decision politically motivated. Sanctions and falling oil prices have hit Russia's economy and the ruble.
Russia has been heading towards a heavy recession for a long time. Now the EU is discussing new sanctions against Moscow. What part do sanctions from the West actually play in this crisis?
The contact group seeking to bring an end to the fighting in Ukraine has agreed to hold a fresh round of talks. Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers were discussing whether to expand sanctions against Russia.
Poland's president is preparing a ceremony commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. But it will also give EU leaders a reason not to travel to Moscow for a second memorial, writes Roman Imielski.
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