Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a photo session during a BRICS summit in 2017.

Greater Eurasia – a Kremlin pipe dream

  • Russia’s “Greater Eurasia” strategy is intended to return it to great power status
  • It depends on cooperation with China in the region on equal footing
  • Russia is much more likely to end up in irrelevance than in a partnership

The deepening rift between Russia and the West has provided a new sense of urgency to the Kremlin’s “pivot to the east.” Its vision of a “Greater Eurasia” is currently held up as the country’s most important geostrategic priority. A pet project of President Vladimir Putin, it figures prominently at high-level meetings with international experts, like at the recent Valdai Discussion Club in April.

The ambition is for Russia and China to form and control a powerful bloc of non-Western countries which can challenge American hegemony. The advocates of this plan exude a great deal of confidence, and at a casual glance, they do seem to have reason to celebrate.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
What started as a heady vision of enhancing Russia’s role in the region has become a last stand of its dream of returning to great power status
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What's inside
  • Russia’s “Greater Eurasia” strategy is intended to return it to great power status
  • It depends on cooperation with China in the region on equal footing
  • Russia is much more likely to end up in irrelevance than in a partnership
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