The Eurasian Union: Undermining Economic Freedom and Prosperity in the South Caucasus

Date: 11-27-2013 | Category: Europe, Geopolitics, Russia and Eurasia

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking economic and political alliances to counterbalance the influence of the U.S., the European Union, China, and transnational Islamism. Putin is determined to strengthen Moscow’s hegemony in the “near abroad”—the post-Soviet space. One of the instruments he has created to achieve that strategic objective is the Russia-dominated Eurasian Union (EAU). In 2011 Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus signed an agreement creating the EAU with the goal of making it fully operational by 2015. Putin has been pressuring Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, as well as other Eastern European and Eurasian states, to join.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/11/the-eurasian-union-undermining-economic-freedom-and-prosperity-in-the-south-caucasus By James M. Roberts, Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. and Jonathan Blaisdell The Heritage Foundation November 27, 2013

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