Why Russia is not in the EU: The fundamental reason Putin won’t join the bloc

On the surface, it was viewed that the EU’s aims and political standpoint were diametrically opposed to Putin’s.

Despite not being in the EU, Russia is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

This is a military alliance signed in 1992 alongside Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Which countries make up the EU?

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary

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