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Alexander Lukashenko
Russia-led trade bloc of 4 nations born in times troubled by ruble's fall, Ukraine tensions

The Eurasian Economic Union, a trade bloc of former Soviet states, expanded to four nations Friday when Armenia formally joined, a day after the union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan began. The Russian-dominated bloc has been politically controversial and its early days are being overshadowed by the sharp deterioration of Russia's economy in recent months. A look at the bloc, its implications and its prospects: WHY CREATE A UNION? The union aims to create a single integrated market for the free movement of goods and services over a total population of more than 180 million people, something like the 28-nation European Union. Unlike the EU, the bloc does not have a single...