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Briefing: A Long Standoff Looming

NATO soldiers conduct exercises in Zagan, Poland, on June 18.

NATO defense chiefs gather. And Russia reacts to asset freezes in Europe. This week's Power Vertical Briefing looks at two issues in the news this week.

NATO defense ministers are due to meet in Brussels on June 24-25 as the alliance settles in for a protracted standoff with Russia; and Moscow is threatening tit-for-tat relaliations after some European countries freeze Russian assets in connection with a lawsuit by Yukos shareholders.

Joining me to discuss these stories is RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.


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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.

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