The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), Russia’s economic outreach to the world, was held from September 11-13, 2018 and attracted participants from 60 countries. The most notable ones were China (whose President Xi Jinping attended the EEF for the first time in its history) and Japan (whose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had recently held a high profile bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin). The EEF was held for three years continuously in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Due to Western sanctions over the Russian annexation of Crimea; long-lasting tensions over Russian support for pro-independence fighters in eastern Ukraine; Russian anger over the promotion of Color Revolutions in its backyard, especially Georgia; and Russian weapons that were allegedly involved in the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner that had killed all onboard; Russo-EU ties are strained. Russo-US ties are also strained for the same reason but the US under the Trump administration is keen to reach rapprochement with the Russians. In fact, in his meeting with NATO allies, President Trump pushed hard for the revival of the G-8 (the G-7 plus Russia). President Trump is trying very ...