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Ukraine's empty seat at table darkens party for Putin's new ex-Soviet bloc

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stand for a photograph before a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana May 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stand for a photograph before a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA...more

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stand for a photograph before a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana May 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union in Astana May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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