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Should he show up, the mere fact of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka presence at this week's Eastern Partnership in Brussels would surely grab the initial headlines.

But the November 24 summit is also marked by a "what now?" vibe.

With association agreements, free-trade agreements, and visa-free travel in force for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova -- but with membership obviously a far-off prospect -- the path forward is unclear.

On The Power Vertical Briefing, we look ahead to the summit and what we can expect. Joining me is RFE/RL's News 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 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