The Russian embassy defends the annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine.
A Russian court sentenced a Ukrainian journalist, Roman Sushchenko, to 12 years in a maximum security prison on Monday after convicting him of spying in a case his lawyer and Ukraine said was fabricated for political reasons.
The Kremlin says that Putin is still ready to hold a summit with US counterpart Trump.
The contours of Russia’s foreign relations with the West are not expected to change in the next six years, unless a dramatic shift takes place in Russia or the West. However, President Putin is unlikely to worsen the already fraught relationship, argues Chris Cheang.