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Podcast: Putin's Big Fat Turkish Divorce

Putin and Erdogan go mano a mano.

Putin and Erdogan go mano a mano.

He called the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkey's air force "a treacherous war crime." He accused Ankara of colluding with Islamic State. And he said Moscow would do more in retaliation than just ban Turkish tomatoes.

Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation speech to a joint session of parliament this week amid rising tensions with Turkey, an erstwhile Russian ally turned bitter foe.

Call it Putin's big fat Turkish divorce.

What does the Kremlin leader's belligerent message to Ankara portend?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss Putin's speech and the rising tensions between Moscow and Ankara with foreign affairs analyst Vladimir Frolov, president of the LEFF Group and a columnist for; and Leonid Bershidsky, a columnist for Bloomberg View and founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti.


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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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