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Russia's President Vladimir Putin meeting the leaders ex-Soviet... News PhotoHorizontal,International Landmark,Kremlin,Leadership,Meeting,Moscow,Patriotism,Politics,Russia,Vladimir PutinPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPRussia's President Vladimir Putin (top C) meeting the leaders ex-Soviet nations in the Kremlin in Moscow, on December 19, 2012. Shown clockwise right from Putin are: Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Armenian President Serzh Sarksian, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) chairman Nikolai Bordyuzha. Russia sought today to expand its sway over ex-Soviet nations as it hosted economic integration talks Washington has painted as an attempt by Moscow to 're-Sovietise' the region. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)