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The Briefing: Saber Rattling And A Charm Offensive

  • Brian Whitmore

Putin has a long to-do list to get sanctions lifted.

Putin has a long to-do list to get sanctions lifted.

Vladimir Putin says Poland and Romania are in Moscow's crosshairs for hosting components of a U.S. missile shield. Meanwhile, in an effort to get sanctions lifted, Russia appeals to Greece and Hungary.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at Moscow's approach to Europe -- one part charm offensive and one part saber rattling -- on the eve of an EU decision on renewing sanctions.

Joining me is Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.

Enjoy...

NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing will not appear on Monday, June 6.

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
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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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