Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union starts in 2015 with curtailed ambitions

By Michael Birnbaum, December 23, 2014

MOSCOW — It was to have been Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top foreign policy triumph: a grand alliance to rival the European Union, stretching from Ukraine to the Pacific.On Tuesday, the leaders of four former members of the Soviet Union gathered in Moscow to discuss the final arrangements for a deal intended to draw their economies closer together. But with conflict engulfing Ukraine, the pact that will go into effect Jan. 1 falls short of Putin’s lofty vision, which would have given the Kremlin far more sway over its neighbors’ policies.Read full article >>