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The defense minister says it is best to speak to Moscow from a position of strength. The foreign minister says Russia is acting with Cold War instincts. And the chancellor is clearly fed up with the Kremlin's antics.

Of all the things Russia has lost as a result of its intervention in Ukraine, one of the most consequential might be the goodwill of Germany. In the space of one year, Berlin has gone from being Moscow's biggest advocate in Europe to being one of its harshest critics.

On the latest Power Vertical Podcast we look at how this happened and examine the consequences.

Joining me are co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and Andreas Umland, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation and a professor of Russian and Ukrainian history at Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

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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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