To me, Russians and western Europeans are all the same, so I really don't care much. I don't care much the difference between the anglo, franco, the slav, the russo...etc.That is the reason Putin need to start this initiative. Russia may not have yet another Putin that is able pull off such strategic thrust. Such ambient will allow Russian patriots to ascend and Anglophile be sideline.
As for Putin, he's only delaying the inevitable. Russian disintegration is inevitable, and expanding Russian borders is a temporary solution to a permanent problem.