In this image taken Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures speaking at his meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ... more 
In this image taken Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures speaking at his meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. As a counterweight to the European Union, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is pursuing an ambitious dream rooted in memories of Soviet glory: The Eurasian Union. It’s a strategy to pull former Soviet satellite states back into Moscow’s orbit through a combination of incentives and threats. And embattled Ukraine, a huge country of 46 million people, has lain at the center of the game-plan. (AP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov, Pool) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Yuri Kadobnov, Pool
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 9:36 AM EST