December 1, 2023


In this episode, we learn how the war in Ukraine is being reported inside Russia and unpack the confusion over whether Poland will supply fighter jets to the Ukrainian government. You’ll also hear from Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and Latvian PM Krišjānis Kariņš.

Reflecting on another tumultuous week, POLITICO’s Andrew Gray is joined by Moscow correspondent Eva Hartog, who recounts how Russia has changed dramatically in the space of a few weeks with repressive measures such as a fierce crackdown on independent media. She also describes the messaging coming out of the Kremlin and how it’s landing with the Russian population.

Andrew is also joined by Chief Europe Correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig, who analyzes the dilemma facing the EU over calls to ban Russian energy imports and unpacks the on-again-off-again saga over whether Poland will send fighter jets to Ukraine.

Our special guest is Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov. He tells POLITICO’s Lili Bayer that Bulgaria should be counted as a full supporter of NATO and EU action against Moscow despite its ties to Russia, but admits some proposed measures would be particularly hard for his country.

We also hear from Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on what he believes is Vladimir Putin’s real goal in Ukraine and beyond. Our conversation with him was recorded before the invasion began but this excerpt has stuck with us and remains quite prescient.


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