Russian-speaking tourists are pictured near the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin, April 24, 2014, which commemorates the 80,000 Red Army soldiers killed in the battle of Berlin in 1945.... more 
Russian-speaking tourists are pictured near the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin, April 24, 2014, which commemorates the 80,000 Red Army soldiers killed in the battle of Berlin in 1945. While almost half of Germans want Berlin to act as a bridge between the West and Russia, those in former Communist eastern states are more sceptical about further sanctions to punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea and for the increasingly violent crisis in eastern Ukraine, polls show. Add strong business ties and a growing disillusionment with the United States since the snooping scandal exposed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, and the result is a deep ambivalence among voters over Berlin's response. To match GERMANY-RUSSIA/ REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS) less 
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Fri, Apr 25, 2014 2:33 AM EDT