Protesters have greeted Russia's President Putin in Berlin as he met the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Many carried placards and shouted slogans accusing Russia of arming and supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.
The two leaders are about to hold a joint press conference.
An air strike by a Syrian plane in the northern rebel-held town of Azaz killed 30 people and wounded scores of others, a local doctor said.
The UN Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has admitted he is "frustrated and impatient" over the continued violence and killing in Syria.
So after weeks of insisting his peace mission is the only game in town, it might be that Kofi Annan is preparing to pack up and leave.