On Friday (April 24) we cut the release branch for the upcoming 1.6 release.
From now on, any changes that should to go into the 1.6 release will need to be cherry-picked from master to the release-1.6 branch. Please also make sure to cherry-pick any existing PRs and those that have been merged over the weekend and include changes relevant for 1.6.
Please see https://github.com/istio/istio/wiki/Istio-Release-1.6 for all details about the 1.6 release, including information about how to cherry-pick changes.
Brian Avery, on behalf of the Release Managers team for 1.6