Losing Friends in the Neighborhood, Russia Reaches Out To Vietnam
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  • zmoreira

    The Customs Union will certainly be moderately successful with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia joining soon.

    As for Ukraine joining the EU I’ll believe when I see it. Right now the country is too toxic to join anyting.

  • BobSykes

    The Crimea is majority Russian, and parts of eastern and southwestern Ukraine are 25 to 40% Russian. Russia has repeated asserted the right to defend the interests of ethnic Russians in the Near Abroad, so I should not be surprised if Russian intervenes militarily. Ditto Belorussia and the Baltic states.

    By the way, in 1914, all of Mittel Europa was partitioned between Russia, Germany and Austro-Hungaria, which abutted one another. Why would anyone think that the current boundaries are stable? For that matter, why would anyone think that any boundary in Europe is stable?

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