Greater Eurasia – a Kremlin pipe dream

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a photo session during a BRICS summit in 2017.
The “Greater Eurasia” partnership with China is a pet project of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), but Chinese President Xi Jinping has the upper hand (source: dpa)
  • 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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