Economic Policy or Pick-up Line?
Putin to Eurasia: Lose the Panties
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  • PKCasimir

    Since when is an economic block of some of the poorest countries in the world with an annual GDP of $2.3 trillion ( 95% of which is Russia) “formidable”? Oh yes, the ECU might add those economic power houses of Armenia, Moldova, and Turkestan. Get real!

  • I don’t think the Ukraine protests are nearly as bloody as the shooting down of protesters by the government.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Since the World GDP is $83.66 Trillion $2.3 Trillion is 2.7% of World economic activity, how is this “formidable”? To the extent that this Union inhibits trade with the rest of the world, it will be shooting its own economy in the foot.

  • Fat_Man

    As far as I am concerned, the Russians can have Kazakhstan, Belarus,
    Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and
    Tajikistan. Collectively they are not worth a plugged nickle. There is oil in some of those places, but there is plenty of oil, and natural gas, in North America and adjacent waters.

  • Bruce

    Did they cut eye holes in the panties they were wearing on their heads?

  • The problem for Putin is Russia has basically zero “soft power”. It may be able to out-thug just about anyone, but few other than ethnic Russians actually wants anything to do with Russia. And even many ethnic Russians would rather not have much to do with Putin and his merry men. So, you’ll end up with lots of embarrassing scenes (for Putin) of bought-off or thugged-off politicos in surrounding countries followed by Ukraine-style rioting.

  • Andrew Allison

    Putin gets knickers in a knot over lacy panties! On a serious note, with the arrest of the panty-protesters and public whipping of Pussy Riot in Sochi, Putin is telling the world that won’t tolerate dissent and doesn’t give a damn what the world thinks. Those hoping to keep Ukraine independent take note. To paraphrase Uncle Joe: The EU? How many divisions does the EU have? More to the point, does it have the will to deploy them.

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