Russia’s goal is turn the European Union into the western wing of a Russian/Chinese led, Euro/Asian empire.
Sergei Karaganov, head of the editorial board of “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine writing in Novosti
Moscow and the European capitals should understand that they have common interests. Maybe, they should even stop using a politically correct but meaningless term -“strategic partnership.”
They should work for a strategic union rather than partnership. Otherwise, their global positions will be weakening – the EU will continue losing its global influence in the mid-term and Russia will follow suit in five to six years. Initially, this could be an energy union – an exchange of assets. Russia could give Europe a share in energy production in exchange for a share in distribution.
For the time being, the sides are not ready for this union. They should work to turn what the media are calling “the tragedy of failure” into an impetus for taking their relations to a new level. This will allow them to look to the future with optimism.