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Sukhum and Tskhinval set a course for the Union

2011-10-12 11:25

Sukhum and Tskhinval set a course for the Union. 23114.jpegRussian PM Vladimir Putin's initiative to set up a Eurasian Union outlines the framework of a new large-scale integration process in the post-Soviet space. The alliance to-be based on mutual economic cooperation - not ideological clichés - will give a chance to all Eurasia to have a dignified place in global economics. This is true for Abkhazia and South Ossetia not recognized by the world community yet. Tbilisi is well aware of that too.


Reality of ongoing globalization processes in the world demonstrates impossibility to create a competitive state without integration links with other countries. North Korea's failure to pursue a self-sufficient development model is the brightest confirmation of the fact. Even heavy weighters of the world economy like the United States and China take an active part in dozens of integration formations. The success of the European Union shows that economic well-being directly depends on the depth of unification processes in the organization.

However, current problems in Europe show still more distinctly that the European Union can't act as the only driving force for the Old World. A real alternative to it will be the Eurasian Union proclaimed by Russian PM Vladimir Putin. This is particularly important for states unwelcome in the European family or unwilling to join it. For the time being there are four states in the former Soviet Union planning to accede it: Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia and Belarus. Naturally, this is only the beginning.

That is why the future geopolitical project gives a chance to Abkhazia and South Ossetia to assert themselves. Presently, their sovereignty is recognized by a relatively small number of states. But they will be viewed differently if they join a powerful supranational economic formation.

Mamuka Areshidze, an expert for Caucasus issues, acknowledges this in his interview with Pirveli agency making reservations, unavoidable in Georgian mass media. "I don't exclude a possibility of accession of these regions into the Eurasian Union, though this will not happen in the near future. It is interesting to learn the opinion of other states, since for their accession the union member states must recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia", - the expert stated.

"I don't think Kazakhstan that has problems with separatism at home will do that. Yet, everything can be expected from Russia, and if such a union is created, Russia is likely to change the statute allowing member states not to recognize these regions", - the Georgian analyst speculated on the future of Caucasian states.

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