Vladimir Putin will step up Russia's campaign to end European Union sanctions with a visit to Slovenia on Saturday, encouraged by signs his tactic of lobbying what he views as more pliant southern and eastern European states is starting to pay off.
The sanctions, imposed over the Ukraine crisis, are designed to block access to Western credit and technology for people and businesses linked to President Putin.
16:54 A Subdued Putin Calls for ‘Mutually Beneficial’ Relations With the U.S12
13:12 Putin Wants to Work With Trump as Equals to Restore Relations12
11:32 Putin hopes for better ties with U.S., anti-terror action11
10:56 Putin praises Russian unity, calls for better ties with United States11