Clinton: US seeks to prevent the Eurasian UnionDecember 18, 2012
Vladimir Putin’s plan for a common Eurasian economic space dominated by Russia will face the resistance of the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the objective to be a “re-Sovietization of the region” and that the US intends to prevent it, or at a minimum to slow it down.
Clinton is the author of the much discussed “reset” in US/Russian relations – although that “reset” has been more rhetoric than reality, as the two nations have continued to jostle on most of the same issues that separated them during the Bush presidency.
The Eurasian space contains the Strategic Energy Ellipse, the most intensive concentration of fossil fuels on the entire globe. The US, Russia and China are engaged in a tripartite struggle to maximize their own access to those resources and to prevent their domination by either of the other two. This is the primary conflict between these nations, and everything else – missile defense, Syria, Iran, etc – is secondary. Of course the US will resist Russian imperial impulses in Central Asia. The reset was never anything more than a feint, a trick, a dodge.