Alexander Gusev: "The CIS is gradually transforming into the Eurasian Union"

Darya Melikhova, exclusively for Vestnik Kavkaza

 

"The Kremlin’s ambitions for the creation and successful existence of the Eurasian Union are doomed to fail sooner or later, due to the political attitude of the Russian government, a lack of resources, as well as internal social and economic problems in Russia”, said Zbigniew Brzezinski, ex-United States National  Security Advisor to the President, a few days ago.

In Russia his opinion met strong disagreement. Alexander Gusev, Head of the Center of Strategic Development of the CIS Countries under the RAS Institute of Europe, has told Vestnik Kavkaza about the chances of the Eurasian Union becoming a full-scale organization.

 

 

 


 

- By April, a draft of the Agreement on the Eurasian Ecoonmic Community is planned to be prepared. Is it about economic union?


- It’s premature to talk about the Eurasian Union, for on January 1, 2015 we will sign an agreement on the Eurasian Economic Community, which will be a step towards the creation of a full-scale Eurasian Union. This process will take quite a long time. Originally, if we talk about the historical concept of the Eurasian Union, it was proposed back in the middle of 1990s by Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan, but up to now, the Eurasian Union doesn’t exist the way we would like to see it. In my opinion, the CIS, that is already 22 years old, will gradually transform into the Eurasian Union.

 

There have been two approaches: political and economical, and as a result of negotiations and agreements between the authorities of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the countries' leaders came to the conclusion that, first of all, an economic community should be created. Later on, it will grow into a political union to become a full-scale Eurasian Union.

 

We consider the Customs Union to be our second platform on the way to the Eurasian Union, for Armenia is joining it, and maybe, Ukraine as well. The second platform will gradually transform to a third one, referred to as the Eurasian Economic Community, and finally, the fourth platform is the Eurasian Union. What I’m talking about is a gradual movement from economics towards politics, and forming a serious global player. The Eurasian Union, just like the European Union, is to unite over 250 million people from different countries.

 

What was the Commonwealth created for? The goal was to unite us. Our country split up in the 1990s, in 1991 we lost the Soviet Union, but we can’t survive separated, it’s impossible. We will be sunk, if you allow me to say that. So the only way to obtain any efficient results is to unite and integrate. There was a reason Hillary Clinton, before retiring from the position of  Secretary of State, declared on December 21, 2012, that there is no way that the US will let Russia create such a union in the post-Soviet area. The US is one of the most important global players, just like China or the European Union. So we have no other choice: if we don’t unite, we will be taken apart. So in this respect, I consider the Eurasian Union to be the most important and promising platform for further civilization development of the union that is currently referred to as the Commonwealth of Independent States.

 

 - In your opinion, is it possible that Georgia will one day join the Eurasian integration?

 

We know the processes that are taking place in the Caucasus region, in Georgia – the political vector is changing, and we can feel it in Russia. Ukraine also declared it would do its best to have Georgia return to the CIS. Mr Lukashenko, President of Belarus, also spoke about that. Two years ago, when Mikhail Saakashvili was the Georgian President, he said he would persuade Georgia to join the CIS. But persuading is not everything, the country's leader must be willing to do it.

 

- What will happen to the CIS after the Eurasian Union is formed?

 

What was the Commonwealth created for? The goal was to unite us. Our country split up in the 1990s, in 1991 we lost the Soviet Union, but we can’t survive separated, it’s impossible. We will be sunk, if you allow me to say that. So the only way to obtain any efficient results is to unite and integrate. There was a reason Hillary Clinton, before retiring from the position of  Secretary of State, declared on December 21, 2012, that there is no way that the US will let Russia create such a union in the post-Soviet area. The US is one of the most important global players, just like China or the European Union. So we have no other choice: if we don’t unite, we will be taken apart. So in this respect, I consider the Eurasian Union to be the most important and promising platform for further civilization development of the union that is currently referred to as the Commonwealth of Independent States.

 

 

2980 views


More Russian news

 Russia#039s Envoy: NATO strengthening in Europe is Cold War relic

Russia's Envoy: NATO strengthening in Europe is Cold War relic

NATO's strengthening in Europe has provoked a qualitative turn for the worse, the situation looks very dangerous, Russia's Permanent Representative to the alliance Alexander Grushko said during a video conference at …

 Kremlin: Europe and US should tackle their relations by themselves

Kremlin: Europe and US should tackle their relations by themselves

The European Union and the United States should sort out bilateral relations on their own, the matter does not bother Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on German Chancellor Angela …

Novak: no subsidy requests from Russian oil companies after extended OPEC deal

Novak: no subsidy requests from Russian oil companies after extended OPEC deal

Russian oil companies have not requested subsidies in connection with the extended Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC) agreement to cut production, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. …

Putin arrives in France to meet Macron

Putin arrives in France to meet Macron

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in France to hold his first meeting with new French President Emmanuel Macron in the Palace of Versailles. The Russian and French leaders will attend a large …

Children’s decade declared in Russia

Children’s decade declared in Russia

The Children’s Decade, which will be declared in Russia in 2018-2027, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decree, will become a very important period, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Olga …

Kremlin on Putin-Macron talks agenda

Kremlin on Putin-Macron talks agenda

The war on terror will be an important issue on the agenda of today’s talks between Russian and French Presidents Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "The issue of the …

Huntsman may replace Tefft as US ambassador to Russia

Huntsman may replace Tefft as US ambassador to Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft, whose term expires this autumn, confirmed today that former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman may replace him. "We are waiting for Huntsman," Tefft said on the …

Putin declares Children’s Decade in Russia

Putin declares Children’s Decade in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree declaring the years 2018-2027 to be the Children’s Decade in Russia. The directive was published on the country’s Official Internet Portal of Legal Information …

Kudrin: ruble to drop by end of year if oil prices remain at current level

Kudrin: ruble to drop by end of year if oil prices remain at current level

The Russian national currency may drop to slightly more than 60 rubles per $1 by the end of this year if oil prices remain at the current level, the head of Russia’s Center for Strategic Research (CSR) and ex-Finance Minister …

G7 summit proves Russia#039s return not needed

G7 summit proves Russia's return not needed

The results of the latest Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy showcase that Russia's return to a format is generally not needed, Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said. …

more Russian news