Thursday, December 15, 2005

Eurasian Future?

Polls conducted on different websites are popular, but seldom of any particular interest.

This one is, in my opinion, worth noting.

It's on one of the key websites covering Russian economic affairs. Very well visited in Russian as well as in English.

Asked which country they thought would be Russia's number one economic and political partner in 2025 they overwhelmingly gave their vote to China.

European Union shared the second place - with less than half the share of votes than China - with India, followed by Kazakhstan.

Notable is that Ukraine comes in very low on the list. Perhaps one sees Ukraine moving more firmly into the European Union orbit during the coming years, making it less of a natural partner for Russia.

The impression is clearly of a Russia increasingly turning its attention to Asia.

A Eurasian bloc might slowly be developing.

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