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The Briefing: Putin's Gunboat Diplomacy

  • Brian Whitmore

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20

So it's deja vu all over again.

One year ago, at the UN General Assembly, all eyes were on Vladimir Putin as he prepared to meet Western leaders to talk Ukraine and Syria.

And over the past two days at the G20 summit in China, all eyes were on Vladimir Putin as he prepared to meet Western leaders to talk Ukraine and Syria.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss Putin's diplomatic efforts at the G20 and whether they were successful with RFE/RL senior editor Steve Gutterman.

Enjoy...

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 on Mondays.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or

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