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

January 2, 2015 2:15 PM

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

In this undated photo released by Kremlin Press service via RIA Novosti, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a recording of his annual televised New Year's message in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2014, with the Kremlin in the background. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) (The Associated Press)

MOSCOW – 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 ov...

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