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Briefing: Putin Plays The Syria Card


Political cartoon depicting the "Syrian People's Republic"

Political cartoon depicting the "Syrian People's Republic"

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "concern" to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow was moving toward a major military buildup in Syria. The development is widely seen as an effort by the Kremlin to bolster President Bashar al-Assad.

On the latest Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss this developing story with RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I discuss Russia's attempts to pressure Belarus into allowing Moscow to build a new air base in that country.

Enjoy...

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of The Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday.

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