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The Briefing: An End To Isolation?

Isolated no more.
Isolated no more.

Talks between Russia's defense and foreign ministers resume after a three-year hiatus.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announce visits to Moscow.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we ask: Is Russia's post-Crimea isolation history?

Joining me is RFE/RL's News Editor Steve Gutterman.


Power Vertical Briefing, March 20, 2017
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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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