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Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan set up new alliance
Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 7:16 AM EDT | Vladimir Isachenkov

Posted on 05/29/2014 4:30:55 AM PDT by Olog-hai

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on Thursday created an economic union that intends to boost cooperation between the ex-Soviet neighbors, a pact which was at the source of the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Eurasian Economic Union—which Moscow had pushed Ukraine to join, helping spark the worst crisis in relations between Russia and the West since the Cold War—takes the countries’ cooperation to a “new level” while respecting their sovereignty.

“We are creating a powerful and attractive center of economic development, a major regional market bringing together over 170 million people,” Putin said during talks in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. He added that the pact would allow the countries to exploit their economic potential and strengthen their positions in global markets. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: belarus; eurasianunion; kazakhstan; ukraine
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1 posted on 05/29/2014 4:30:56 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Did they enter into the treaty willingly, or are they just afraid that if they don't go along Putin will "Ukraine" them?

Just askin'

2 posted on 05/29/2014 4:40:14 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: The_Victor

The leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan are dictators and very friendly to Putin. Probably no arm-twisting went on.

Putin’s willing to fight over the Ukraine since it was and is Russia’s breadbasket.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 4:43:57 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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