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Briefing: Does Russia Really Want An Iran Deal?

So, you really want to do this?
So, you really want to do this?

The clock is ticking down on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program and lift sanctions, which many observers think could come this week. Russia is a party to those talks. But does Moscow really want a deal?

On this week's Power Vertical briefing, we discuss why an Iran deal is probably not in Moscow's interests. Joining me is RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I look at how U.S. officials are increasingly calling Russia an "existential threat" -- and what this heightened rhetoric might mean.


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