In September of last year, I wrote an article -- Eurasian Union: Superpower-in-Waiting -- in which I predicted that the Kremlin would be willing to wage a "soft-war" against anyone willing to stand in the way of plans to expand Russia's sphere of influence. I further speculated that Eurasian Union blueprints relied on: "the nostalgia of unity, and the subtle threat of destabilization."
If those calculations seemed at-the-time pessimistic, perhaps they were a bit optimistic. Anyone who has received an invitation to join the Eurasian Union has also just received confirmation that failure to accept will bring destabilization by Kremlin-identified "neo-Nazis" and, in the best possible scenario, a bloodless invasion.
|RIA Novosti/Mikhail Klimentyev|
In an amazing article for Politico -- Why Russia No Longer Fears the West -- Ben Judah highlights the change in perception that over two decades of post-Soviet dealings with Europe have brought for the Kremlin: "Putin’s inner circle no longer fear the European establishment. They once imagined them all in MI6. Now they know better. They have seen firsthand how obsequious Western aristocrats and corporate tycoons suddenly turn when their billions come into play. They now view them as hypocrites—the same European elites who help them hide their fortunes."