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Washington sends a loud signal that Ukraine remains a priority as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kyiv for a two-day visit this week.

The visit -- in which Biden will deliver a highly anticipated speech to the Ukrainian parliament -- comes at a particularly sensitive time.

Kyiv is clearly worried that the Syria conflict and the potential for Western cooperation with Russia will weaken resolve to continue supporting Ukraine.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss what we can expect from Biden's visit with RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.


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 every Monday.

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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