The Putin Factor: Russia, America and the Geopolitics of Ukraine | The Battle for Ukraine | FRONTLINE | PBS

The Putin Factor: Russia, America and the Geopolitics of Ukraine | The Battle for Ukraine | FRONTLINE | PBS.

[Putin’s] strategy on Ukraine has changed radically in the last several months. When I was ambassador, for instance, it was very clear to me and to our government watching this, that his main foreign policy objective for the region was to establish and strengthen something called the Eurasian Economic Union. This was his answer to the [European Union]. This was his way that Russia was going to be the economic hegemon of an economic region. Whether it was coercive or cooperative that’s a matter of dispute, but that was most certainly his focus. And key to making the Eurasian Economic Union viable was to have Ukraine as a member, and all of Ukraine not just Crimea. …

An interview with the former US Ambassador to Russia.

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