Post Soviet Politics Never Stops

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A rift has opened up across post Soviet Europe in the wake of the Riga Summit, (that’s Riga across the Daugava River, above) with all the former Soviet states lining up according to their perceived interests. Armenia and Belarus resist the final declaration in Riga, each beholden to Moscow for various protections, while Georgia, the Baltics and Ukraine clamor to camp under the EU umbrella.

The best way to decide what you think is to listen to respected scholars, but they line up equally on both sides. Andrew Michta and Judy Dempsey call the EU feckless while Stratfor and Brian Whitmore put President Putin on the back foot.

Who’s right? And with the injection of the US instigated FIFA controversy and the opportunity it affords the US to scold Russia and vice versa, what’s next? 

Heh Heh Heh, Oh Boy Did We Just Pull a Fast One!

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Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani and FIFA President Sepp Blatter after the announcement that Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022, in this December 2, 2010 photo. Photo credit Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.