Putin Has Little to Offer Eastern Europe, Gerd Koenen Tells DW

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Bulgaria: Putin Has Little to Offer Eastern Europe, Gerd Koenen Tells DW Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with Government members at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 01 April 2015. EPA/BGNES

Russia is lacking a working coherent strategy towards countries in Eastern Europe and Moscow under President Vladimir Putin has little to offer to countries in the region,  German historian Gerd Koenen has opined.

“You can certainly try to court members of the political elite. You can sound the call of the old Orthodox solidarity, as is being attempted in Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia and also Greece,” Koenen said in an interview [EN] for Deutsche Welle.

“But Moscow cannot "save" Greece if it goes bankrupt, nor can Moscow draw the country permanently into its orbit,” he said.

Looking at the Kremlin’s plans for Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, Koenen commented that they are continuing to display “the fatal political combination” of self-isolation and overextending Russia’s global reach which contributed to the collapse of the USSR.

The three small Baltic states may be NATO members now but they never were home to Alliance bases or troops.

“Now, faced with the threat of concealed "hybrid" warfare like in [Ukraine's] Donbass region, there will be some small, more symbolic, bases,” according to Koenen. 

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Rubble vs USD - 20 Apr 2015 // 21:25:55

Today April 20, 2015: 52.971. Soon it will be rubble.

Rubble vs USD - 19 Apr 2015 // 18:43:02

Today April 19: 51.744. It looks like the sanctions are working again. Too bad the same cannot be said for the Russian people, especially when they need to be working twice as much as before the sanctions.

GrueFski - 18 Apr 2015 // 08:37:17

what now? frustrated for looking Nazi (blonde or redhead)?
not my fault
your parents' ;)

Monkey see, monkey do - 18 Apr 2015 // 06:43:52

Either Putin or your parents were monkeys. You are a disgrace to those able to type.

GrueFski - 17 Apr 2015 // 05:03:09

It depends: if you are a Westerner (regardless if you are a Nazi Westerner, a Nazi-like one [blond or redhead, without necessarily being a Nazi], or you don't belong to any of the first 2 categories -- pardon my... Greek, "category" being a Greek word): do as your Jwish masters tell you ;)

Today April 16, 2015 - 17 Apr 2015 // 01:55:42

What is the trend today? Should I buy or sell?

RUB vs USD - 15 Apr 2015 // 23:46:29

Today, 49.7544. It looks like the sanctions don't work....

Thunderstorm - 14 Apr 2015 // 22:31:52

With y2y interest at 15% it is no doubt Russia is becoming attractive for short-term risk-loving investors. This strenghtens the rouble but does not speak for economy as whole.

Ruble vs USD - 13 Apr 2015 // 17:28:04

Short term volatility, just what a speculator loves and long term investors run away from. Perhaps Putin should revive much lauded 5 year plans. Ah ha ha ha ha!

GrueFski - 10 Apr 2015 // 03:59:27

By keeping the barrel price down the stupid US are only benefiting some of the Arab countries and hurting not only Russia, but also countries such as Nigeria (US is a predominantly white country, Nigeria used to be a white people's colony)

RUB vs USD - 10 Apr 2015 // 02:22:00

1Q'15 - $1=66.6640RUB, today, Apr.09, $1=52,5452, you judge what is happeneing...

Pantelis Mina - 7 Apr 2015 // 02:23:43

It's about time Bulgaria also raised tax on corporate profit instead of boasting that they have the lowest in the EU. Who benefits from that? Certainly not the working people of Bulgaria.

Rurik - 5 Apr 2015 // 11:28:20

"And without", and "unlike", no doubt;)…Without the own free voice, without the own sovereign choice but with the honorable duty to support, to justify, to prise up to the skies the disgusting crimes of the Big Boss&Puppets all over the world.....just unlike "those Russians" who have the guts to spit on the stinking "exceptionalism" and to follow their own path.

GrueFski - 4 Apr 2015 // 21:21:41

And without poisoned umbrellas to kill political dissenters.
Unlike in Russia where anti-dictatorship ("anti-government") journalists, businessmen and politicians get killed.

baka no kaze - 4 Apr 2015 // 18:41:35

EU money is not free that's what the greeks are finding out. As far as ukraine is concerned the one initiating hybrid warfare were NAto. Things did not turn out as they wanted however. Bulgaria will now have the ,joy od discovering that the EU is good old soviet union with smartphones......

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