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The Briefing: Let's Make A Deal

A Lithuanian restaurant owner stands next his establishment's mural depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting each other with a kiss (file photo).

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump floats a deal with Russia and outgoing Vice President Joe Biden makes his last official visit to Ukraine.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at what is about to change in U.S.-Russian relations as the Trump administration prepares to take office amid all the mixed signals.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I discuss what Biden is hoping to accomplish during his visit to Kyiv.

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


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