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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wrote an article Oct. 3 articulating his vision of a proposed Eurasian Union, and as of Oct. 6 the article is still garnering attention from political leaders and the media. The union, envisioned as the evolution of the Customs Union of Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia, will be an important platform for Russia’s continued resurgence in its former Soviet periphery.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s recent article for the Russian newspaper Izvestia discussing the creation of a new Eurasian Union continues to draw reactions from media and politicians Oct 6. Originally written Oct. 3, the article emphasizes Putin’s proposal for the Eurasian Union, an economic grouping focusing on integration between Russia and former Soviet republics.

The Eurasian Union has been labeled one of Moscow’s top foreign policy priorities, and its proposal coincides with Putin’s expected return to the Russian presidency in 2012. The union would serve as a key platform for Russia’s more assertive behavior in the international realm, a platform that stems from Moscow’s geopolitical resurgence from the preceding years.

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