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Podcast: Putin's Big Fat Greek Chinese Wedding


Putin's new best buddies

Putin's new best buddies

As Greece negotiates with the European Union and its creditors to avoid an exit from the eurozone, and as the talks go down to the wire, Russia seems to be waiting in the wings with a big smile.

On the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss whether Moscow is willing and able to make a play for Greece.

Joining me are co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at NYU, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the recently published book Spetsnaz: Russia's Special Forces; and Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and author of the books Theories Of International Politics And Zombies and The System Worked: How The World Stopped Another Great Depression.

Also on the podcast, Mark, Daniel, and I discuss Russia's fledgling alliance with China, which was on display at the BRICS summit in Ufa this week.

Enjoy...

Listen to or download the podcast above or subscribe to The Power Vertical Podcast on iTunes.​

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