Russia’s President Vladimir Putin smiles at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, on April 9, 2014, during his meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today Russia had failed to take steps to ease tensions in Ukraine that she had expected after a telephone conversation with Putin last week. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / POOL/ ALEXEY DRUZHININ (Photo credit should read ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)