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The Briefing: New Year, Old Policy

Lavrov sends out diplomatic signals.

It's a whole new year. But can we expect a new Russian foreign policy?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov just gave his annual press conference and, on this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we take a look at some of the highlights.

Joining me in the studio 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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