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    Default Putin proposes setting up 'Eurasian Union'

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/finan.../D9Q5E9680.htm

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    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has proposed forming a "Eurasian Union" of former Soviet nations, saying the bloc could become a major global player competing for influence with the United States, the European Union and Asia.

    Putin, who has lamented the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century," denied that his proposal represents an attempt to rebuild the Soviet empire.

    But he said in an article published Tuesday in the daily Izvestia that the new alliance should emerge as "one of the poles of the modern world, serving as an efficient link between Europe and the dynamic Asia-Pacific region."

    Putin, who is all but certain to reclaim the presidency in next March's election, has been accused of rolling back Russia's post-Soviet democratic achievements during his two terms as president in 2000-2008. He has remained Russia's de-facto leader after shifting into the premier's job due to a term limit, and his protege and successor Dmitry Medvedev proposed last month that Putin run for president.

    "There is no talk about rebuilding the USSR in one way or another," Putin said. "It would be naive to try to restore or copy something that belongs to the past, but a close integration based on new values and economic and political foundation is a demand of the present time."

    Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan already have formed an economic alliance that has removed customs barriers in mutual trade during the past summer. They are to introduce unified market rules and regulations starting Jan. 1. Putin said that Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were expected to join the grouping.



    Russia has long called for stronger cooperation between ex-Soviet nations, but earlier attempts at forging closer ties between them have failed due to sharp economic differences. Many former Soviet nations have looked westward and remain suspicious of Moscow's intentions.

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    This is about at the top of things I am totally opposed to.
    Eat Your Skull Out

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerBaron View Post
    This is about at the top of things I am totally opposed to.
    I'd be interested in the details especially as it pertains to whether migrants from the Muslim regions of the union will have free movement into the Slavic areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerBaron View Post
    This is about at the top of things I am totally opposed to.
    ''I am totally opposed to'' you from Canada.you none no will ask.

    У кого правда, тот и сильнее С. Бодров

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olika View Post
    ''I am totally opposed to'' you from Canada.you none no will ask.
    With ALL the respect for beerBaron....i agree with you.

    What the hell northamericans care about this ? Fear of a new geopolitical rival ? Well, who cares of what they think ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olika View Post
    ''I am totally opposed to'' you from Canada.you none no will ask.
    me dont like Putin, me against New USSR

    who the f**k Putin thinks he is ? Peter the Great ? Stalin ? I hope that the little prick dies of cancer or some other painful disease.

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    Russians never get tired of dreaming of stronger Russia.

    Our L is an outcast in the West, this must be one of the main reasons why Belarus is in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caeruleus View Post
    me dont like Putin, me against New USSR

    who the f**k Putin thinks he is ? Peter the Great ? Stalin ? I hope that the little prick dies of cancer or some other painful disease.
    this you should ask him.

    У кого правда, тот и сильнее С. Бодров

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hussar View Post

    What the hell northamericans care about this ?
    Some of us would rather not see Russia integrated into Asia and Islam. And yes, such a rival composed of Islam is bad for all of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteruthenian View Post
    Russians never get tired of dreaming of stronger Russia.
    Russians are a proud people. My favourite Slavs.

    Citizens and Citizenesses of the Soviet Union! Today, at four o'clock in the morning, without addressing any grievances to the Soviet Union, without declaration of war, German forces fell on our country, attacked our frontiers in many places and bombed our cities...an act of treachery unprecedented in the history of civilized nations...The Red Army and the whole nation will wage a victorious Patriotic War for our beloved country, for honour, for liberty...Our cause is just. The enemy will be beaten. Victory will be ours.

    -- Molotov, 22 June 1941 at the outset of Operation Barbarossa

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