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Russia Says Will Push For India’s Full Membership In The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Moscow will make every effort to ensure India gets full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the upcoming SCO summit in Russia’s southern city of Ufa, Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman of the Russian State Duma said following a meeting with the heads of both chambers of the Indian Parliament in New Delhi last week, Indian newspaper The Hindu reported. “India is playing an active role … Continue reading

India Planning Free Trade Zone With Eurasian Economic Union

India has proposed creating a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU*). “The question was raised by India, which is now considering a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union. This is a new level in our relationship. The possibility is being discussed,” Alexey Pushkov, head of the International Committee of Russian State Duma … Continue reading

Syria Applies For Observer Status At The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Syria has filed an application for an observer status at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Russian Presidential Envoy for SCO Affairs and Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Asian and Pacific Cooperation Bakhtier Khakimov said on Friday, TASS reports. “The issue of the Organization’s expansion is a topic we are currently working on,” the … Continue reading

Kazakhstan And The Emerging Market Gold Rush

By Paolo Sorbello Kazakhstan produces around 22 tons of gold each year, a figure comparable to neighboring Kyrgyzstan (18 tons), but only a quarter of Uzbekistan’s production (92 tons). Gold is not a major feature of Kazakhstan’s mining industry, which is dominated by chromium, copper, zinc, and uranium, but it is becoming a key asset … Continue reading

Kyrgyzstan Hopes For FDI Bonanza After Joining EEU

By Jacopo Dettoni in Almaty BNE Kyrgyzstan, which up to now has a poor track record for attracting foreign investors, hopes entry into the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in May will lead to a FDI bonanza, but analysts are sceptical that the expectations are realistic. The EEU, alongside a liberal tax system, give Kyrgyzstan the … Continue reading

The Case For Bringing Syria Into The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

By Andrew Korybko Syria is ground-zero in the battle between the Resistant & Defiant (R&D) multipolar states and the unipolar world, and the resolution of the conflict would therefore have enormous implications for both sides. Thus far, however, the only R&D states that have been offering substantial support to Damascus in its war on terror have … Continue reading

The Rise And Fall Of The Eurasian Economic Union – OpEd

By Mark Adomanis BNE The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is an idea that looks great on paper. Clearly based on the European Union’s successful efforts to break down economic and trade barriers between its members, the EEU was supposed to create unified markets in capital, labor and goods. It was, to ape a famous phrase, … Continue reading

Causes And Consequences Of China’s Upturn In Kazakhstan

By Da Vinci Analytic Group In the middle of December, China and Kazakhstan reached historical agreements that are likely to reverse the situation in the whole Central Asian region and slash Russia’s standing there. The representatives of Beijing and Astana signed a wide range of documents on economic cooperation triggering geopolitical developments. The signatories estimate … Continue reading

Eurasian Economic Union Is Open For New Partners, Putin Says

The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union has huge potential to expand and is open to cooperation with partners in the East and West, President Vladimir Putin said at the EEU summit in Moscow. “The increase in the number of members is beneficial to the union itself. It boosts its market capacity and contributes to the strengthening … Continue reading

Russia Effect Hits Central Asia To Greater And Lesser Degrees

Naubet Bisenov and Jacopo Dettoni in Almaty BNE The Asian Development Bank, in its latest “Asian Development Outloook Supplement” published on December 17, cut the growth outlook for Central Asia to 5.1% from the previous 5.6% for the full-year 2014 and to 5.4% from the previous 5.9% for 2015. The countries in the region most exposed to … Continue reading

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