posted on Dec, 21 2012 @ 07:54 AM
Bringing about a new style USSR has got to be the aim of Russia long term if it is to carry the clout of old.
The old Soviets sort of planted the seeds (not to mention the energy reliance issues) by settling all those millions of Russians in the neighbouring
states, giving them leverage in politics and the economies. They were always going to be useful in restoring influence in the Empire.
The big prize is Ukraine. Belarus, Armenia and Moldova are always going to go Russian. Forget the Baltics, they are lost. The southern Stans are still
vey tied in with modern Russia as it is. Ukraine has been the big prize and even recently looked like becoming part of the EU and NATO, suddenly the
Russian push back the Orange Revolution, install their man in charge, renegotiate the Black Sea fleet deal in Sevastopal and infiltrate the apparatus
I was reading only a few days ago how the Ukranian police and secret services are already integrating with Russia's which gives a sign that Ukraine
is back in the fold.
To be honest the best thing that could have happened for a new style USSR is the election of Obama, he is more understanding of Russia's area of
influence or near abroad as they like to call it. I'm convinced he's done a deal with Putin over Ukraine, something like - yes you have your land
back on the condition you let the US/Israel take out the Iranian nuke threat, oh and we both reap the rewards from the spike in oil prices
There was a quote from a couple of years ago by Putin or Medvedev when referring to Ukraine, something along the lines of - "It's not actually a