Breaking a Taboo German-Russian Relations Hit a Deep Chill

The relationship between Berlin and Moscow has been strained for some time. But German President Joachim Gauck's recent public admonition of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin seems to have sunk the two countries into a new diplomatic ice age.
Two meetings this week between German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Putin are expected to be frosty.

Two meetings this week between German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Putin are expected to be frosty.

Foto: Alexander Zemlianichenko/ AP