- 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.