Germany’s Angela Merkel plans meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin amid Syria crisis

Deutsche Welle: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin “in the foreseeable future” amid heightened tensions between Moscow and the West over the conflict in Syria. Following a phone call with Putin, Merkel laid partial blame on Russia for a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town earlier this month believed to have been staged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.