Russian president Vladimir Putin is calling for a new alliance among the nations that formed the former states of the communist USSR.
Putin met with leaders from Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, who are members of the Eurasian Economic Union and Collective Security Treaty Organization. The meeting occurred on December 26, the 25th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
One of the major goals of the meeting is to create a common financial market and common markets for gas, oil, and petroleum products for the involved countries by 2025.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a TV interview that Putin believes the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was a disaster and that he thinks a “new integration in the space of the former Soviet Union” is needed.
The election of leaders who are more friendly towards Russia in the United States and other nations would allow Russia to influence a reconstituted Soviet Union without having to be concerned about a western counterweight.