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Briefing: Tanks, Summits, And Money

Estonian President Hendrik Ilves greeting U.S. troops in Estonia.

The United States announces plans to station heavy weapons in the Baltic states. The Finnish president is due to visit Moscow as Helsinki mulls NATO membership. And the St. Petersburg International Business Forum is due to open.

This week's Power Vertical Briefing looks at three issues in the news this week: Moscow's's reaction to U.S. plans to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and other heavy weapons in eastern Europe; the planned visit of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto to Moscow amid rising tensions; and what to expect at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

Joining me is Pavel Butorin, senior producer for RFE/RL's Russian language television program Current Time.


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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 every Monday.

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