(MOSCOW)–Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a “Eurasian Union” in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country’s next president. Putin said the new union would build on an existing Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan which from next year will remove all barriers to trade, capital and labor movement between the three countries.”We are not going to stop there and are setting an ambitious goal — to achieve an even higher integration level in the Eurasian Union,” Putin wrote in an article which will be published in Izvestia newspaper on October 4. Putin said last month he would run in the March 2012 presidential election and his current public approval ratings show that he is set to win. Putin’s initiative comes as Russia nears the end of its 18-year-old negotiations to join the World Trade Organization. In the article Putin made no secret of his skepticism about the global trade watchdog. “The process of finding new post-crisis global development models is moving forward with difficulty. For example, the Doha round (of international trade talks) has practically stopped. There are objective difficulties inside the WTO,” he wrote. In 2009, Putin threw Russia’s bid to join the WTO into disarray, saying Russia would instead form the Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan. The new initiative will have to be explained to WTO members.
WRONG CROSSROADS. Putin, who once called the collapse of the USSR in 1991 “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century,” said his new project would not resemble the Soviet Union.”It would be naive to attempt to restore or copy something from the past. However, a stronger integration on a new political and economic basis and a new system of values is an imperative of our era,” Putin wrote. Russia’s relationship with its ex-Soviet neighbors has been troubled by trade and political disputes and even armed conflicts such as the 2008 war with Georgia. Putin said he saw the new union as a supra-national body which would coordinate “economic and currency policy” between its members. It would also be open to new members.
Well shit!!! ITS ON now Putin. You can hunt whales and tigers, slay hot Russian sluts, race F-1 cars, fly fighter jets, and pronounce yourself King of Russia until the cows come home, but reforming the Soviet Union crosses the line. What he doesn’t realize is that he just saved America. Everyone needs somebody to hate. Somebody to challenge them. USA has been dominating the shit out of the world since 1980 and now look at us. Just a nation of weaklings throwing temper tantrums on Wall St for no reason. Putin reforming the USSR is just the wake up call America needed. I am so pumped for Cold War II it’s not even funny. I actually never missed a beat. I have hated Russian hockey players my entire life. The next winter Olympics are in Russia. Patrick Kane and Zach Parise will just galvanize the entire country. Patriotism is BACK. Shape up or ship out hipsters. If you want to be a marxist, Leninist, socialist, or anything else besides an American you’ve got some options over in Europe. These colors don’t run. Obama Swag for the win.
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