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Briefing: Putin's Two-Front War

Now where did I put that war?
Now where did I put that war?

As Russian air strikes continue in Syria, negotiations on a final settlement for Ukraine resume again in Minsk this week.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we take a look at the linkage between Russia's two foreign conflicts. To what extent has Vladimir Putin's move into Syria changed the conversation on Ukraine?

Joining me is RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.


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EDITOR'S 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


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