Russia observers have long warned about President Vladimir Putin’s desire to reestablish Russia's premiere place on the world stage and create an axis of influence as a counter to Western power. Writing for the Coda Story web platform, journalist Joshua Kucera describes one of the avenues Russia has pursued to further those ends: the creation of a supranational body called the Eurasian Union. Yet so far, Russia’s grand vision of unifying the people of Eurasia under a common civilization banner has garnered little enthusiasm and few practical benefits for its members.
In this article, you will learn
- Why Vladimir Putin proposed the creation of the Eurasian Union;
- How Russian influence is helped and hampered by the EEU; and
- What form the Eurasian Union has taken, thus far.
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