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Putin proposes setting up 'Eurasian Union'

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  1. Nirmzz

    Nirmzz 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    MOSCOW: 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 on 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 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 are expected to join the grouping.

    "We aren't going to stop at that and are putting forward an ambitious task of reaching a new, higher level of integration with the Eurasian Union," Putin said. "Along with other key players and regional structures, such as the European Union, the United States, China and the Asia Pacific Economic Community, it should ensure stability of global development."

    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, setting a rocky path to Putin's "Eurasian Union."

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, considered more Russia-friendly than his pro-Western predecessor, has continued to focus on closer relations with the European Union, shattering Moscow's hopes for luring Ukraine into its orbit. Yanukovych complained last month that the Kremlin was trying to coerce Ukraine into joining the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and said that he wouldn't yield to pressure.

    Even Russia's ties with its closest ally, Belarus, has been marred by tensions. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, whose government is struggling with a spiraling financial crisis, has staunchly resisted Moscow's push for controlling stake in Belarus' top state-controlled industrial assets.

    Putin's plan also comes in potential competition with the Eastern Partnership, an initiative launched two years ago by Poland and Sweden. It aims to deepen European Union integration with six ex-Soviet nations: Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

    Putin proposes setting up 'Eurasian Union' - The Times of India
     
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    Shreeram 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    I love this idea..! I was also thinking on these lines to counter the US and China (these Chinese should be kept out of Eurasian Union) influence!

    With the Union we can create our own Googles, Apples, GEs, Intels, or even our own Lockheed Martins etc. etc. Even a Eurasian Space Agency which I am sure if created will be a huge blow to NASA! Even a Eurasian army can be a cool idea! Just imagine the economy of Eurasia! And our currency will be Euras..! 1 Euras = 10 $
     
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    This would be one of the few brilliant ideas of the millennium!!
    1.Just imagine a new space agency more competent than NASA.
    2.A booming defence industry
    3.New Manufacturing hub(best way to counter China's growth)
    4.All Eurasian nations back on track with a common currency giving stiff competition to the US$
    5.And all this without any of the earlier Political tensions.
    AND MOST OF ALL THE WORLD ECONOMY MIGHT COME BACK ON TRACK OWING TO THIS!!I SIMPLY CANT HOLD MY TEARS OUT OF JOY!!:cheesy::cheesy:
     
  4. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Looks like some people are still nostalgic about good old Soviet Union.:lol:
     
  5. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    SOUNDS GREAT :fans:

    you won't find me wanting on this issue.
     
  6. SuperManouverableStealth

    SuperManouverableStealth FULL MEMBER

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    The idea looks good on Paper...but very tough to actually be realized & worked upon...
     
  7. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    too many factions in both europe and asia. will turn out to be only a "paper idea"
     
  8. Shreeram

    Shreeram 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Not actually..! All European and Asian nations need not form it..! Here are a few which can -

    1. Russia
    2. India
    3. Taiwan
    4. France
    5. Germany
    6. Some stable former Soviet countries
    7. UAE
    8. Singapore
    9. Vietnam
    10. Malaysia
    11. Norway

    It will be strong!! Only with a few nations..! Just like EU doesn't mean all European nations are present in it! Same thing can apply for Eurasian Union But if China and Pakistan is added into it EURASIAN Union will be a BIIIG FAILURE!!
     
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  9. SuperManouverableStealth

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    Germany & France??? dont u think these nations will be throwing their weight around & try to convince their interests as compared to others...If the said Union materialises, their would be two heavyweights within the Union, Russia & India on one hand Germany & France on the other while rest will be left to support one of the two...
     
  10. KAUTILYA

    KAUTILYA Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Moreover the both are very influential members of the EU already,I don't see any reason for them to actually join this new block. . . moreover it would hamper any future plans to introduce a common currency since both these countries use the Euro!!
     
  11. Himanshu Pandey

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    its a plan for old USSR countries and eastern europe countries who were influenced by USSR in past... nothing in it included India and please stop jumping like frogs on everything....

    its just a statement nothing more and to some guys our currency is Rs, not euro and it is neither for us nor we need it.. stop being fanboys
     
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