Over the past six months, Russia has managed to reset and reshape the civil war in Syria. They've saved Bashar al-Assad, frustrating Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the West in the process.
And with peace talks beginning this week in Geneva, Moscow is seeking to secure its gains in the postwar settlement.
On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at the diplomatic battle ahead.
Joining me are RFE/RL senior editor Steve Gutterman and Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.
Also on The Briefing, we discuss this week's meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, which will debate Russia policy.
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.