German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a visit to the UK, says she is "very much concerned" about spread of the coronavirus when London hosts the semi-finals and finals of the European football championships.
Moscow announced the expulsions just hours after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss ties.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also accompanied by economy, finance, trade and industry ministers. Ahead of his visit, Erdogan said the new global challenges require Ankara and Berlin to put their differences aside.
The two leaders talked about strengthening China-EU and China-Germany relations. It is the second stop of Xi's ongoing European tour.
The US and German leaders will discuss funding for NATO and relations with Russia in their first meeting since Trump took office on January 20 as US president.
The Turkish PM and German chancellor met in Ankara on Thursday and discussed the prospects of improving economic relations, particularly in the sector of tourism.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk visits Rome with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU institution leaders to discuss Europe's refugee crisis.
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