Friends and competitors -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani.
A big week of diplomacy is on tap with Vladimir Putin scheduled to meet the Iranian and Turkish presidents.
On this week’s Power Vertical Briefing, we look ahead to Putin’s summits with Iranian leader Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Baku on August 8 and with Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg on August 9.
Joining me is 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 on Mondays.