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Russia, two allies form economic union

Posted: May 30, 2014 at 5:01 a.m.

Presidents Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus (from left), Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Vladimir Putin of Russia join hands Thursday after signing an economic agreement in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus formally signed an agreement Thursday to create a limited economic union — an alliance hobbled by the absence of Ukraine but one long pursued by President Vladimir Putin of Russia to confirm his country as a global economic force.

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