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The Briefing: A New Detente? Or A New Yalta?

Will they bond? Or will they fight?
Will they bond? Or will they fight?

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Donald Trump's foreign-policy approach is "phenomenally close" to that of Vladimir Putin; and Trump says he wants to have a telephone conversation with Putin soon.

But how will the Trump-Putin relationship work out in practice?

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look ahead to U.S.-Russian relations in the age of Trump.

Joining me are Senior RFE/RL Editor Steve Gutterman and Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations in Prague.

Also on the Briefing, we discuss the fallout from the victories of pro-Moscow presidential candidates in Moldova and Bulgaria.


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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 on Mondays.

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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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