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Mr. Putin's Neighborhood by J.Diel.

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  • podnoss
    quote Belarus has been given a target date of Jan. 1, 2005, for adopting the Russian ruble as its currency, part of a Putin-sponsored plan to reincorporate the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 10, 2003
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      Belarus has been given a target date of Jan. 1, 2005, for adopting
      the Russian ruble as its currency, part of a Putin-sponsored plan to
      reincorporate the country into a new union ruled from the Kremlin...
      [Putin] would probably move from the Russian presidency to the
      presidency of the union in 2008, lead its expansion into other
      countries and consolidate "a post-Soviet space."


      Russian troops are also remaining on station in Moldova. There, Putin
      is demanding that the elected government scrap its constitution and
      agree to a "federal" union with the breakaway province of Trans-
      Dniester, which is ruled by an ethnic Russian criminal mafia backed
      by Moscow.


      The Bush administration also has been lukewarm, at best, about the
      sporadic attempts of Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia to fend off Moscow
      by linking up with Western institutions such as NATO. As in the case
      of Khodorkovsky, Bush's aides are quick to say they don't like what
      Putin is up to in his neighborhood. They'll also concede that, at
      least for now, they aren't prepared to do more than talk about it.

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      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20670-2003Nov10.html
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