Despite its enormous economic power, the EU’s fractured political structure prevents the bloc from forming a united front against Russia.
Germany, Poland, and Sweden throw out three Russian diplomats in a coordinated retaliation for expulsion of three EU diplomats by Moscow, drawing angry response from Russia, which called the decision "unjustified and unfriendly."
The meeting is likely to be the first forum for the West to consider any possible joint response to Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny's jailing last week.
Moscow announced the expulsions just hours after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss ties.
More than 280 people were detained in Moscow for protesting a court hearing that decides if Navalny should be jailed for violating the terms of a suspended sentence he was given on embezzlement charges in 2014.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has said Moscow plans to further military cooperation with Turkey. He was speaking at a press conference in Sochi with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who announced plans for $100B in mutual trade.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's announcement comes after marathon talks between the two countries' top diplomats in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first trip to Damascus in Syria's nine-year-old war in January this year.
Russian interference in Uzbekistan has led for a push to adopt Russian as an official language, but the move is having the opposite effect.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey will send a 10-member delegation to China's northwestern East Turkistan region after discussing the situation of Uighur Turks with his Chinese counterpart.
Taliban is "really committed to peace, but think the obstacle for peace should be removed first," Taliban co-founder and political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar says in a rare televised appearance at the start of the two-day meeting in Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Palestinian parties, including Hamas and Fatah factions, amid a three-day intra-Palestinian meeting which began in Moscow aimed at unifying 12 different Palestinian movements and organisations.
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