Population of Russia: 140 million
Population of EU: 500 million
GDP of Russia: 2.5 Tril
GDP of EU: 16 Tril. And you could get the Norwegians on board if you really wanted to as well.
Plus, if Ukraine is seriously interested in independence from Russia, their 44 million and 300 billion should be sold out for the cause, right?
Why is everyone looking to the US to put slightly-less-corrupt Ukrainians in charge?
We feel bad for some Ukrainians who would like to be our pals, and we are still haunted by the memory that the USSR was once a serious rival. But Russia is just a 3rd world country with nukes and a mean streak now. Not very different from Pakistan, really.