Bishkek is hoping that its accession to the EEU will make life easier for Kyrgyz migrant workers in Russia and Kazakhstan.
While the Kremlin presents the EEU as the Eurasian equivalent of the European Union, the project is in reality an imitation of integration.
The very recognition of the Eurasian Union as a party to the talks by the EU would set a precedent with significant consequences for European security.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Ukraine have created a new context for Kazakhstan’s foreign and domestic policy.
By deciding to join the Customs Union, Armenia has relinquished yet more of its sovereignty in the areas of domestic and foreign policy and the economy to Russia.
The continuing conflict in Ukraine has raised concerns among Russia’s key partners in the CIS area.
The Customs Union summit revealed crisis of the Russian project of integration instead of success, which is so desired by the Kremlin before EaP summit in Vilnius
In recent weeks, Russia has stepped up its efforts to prevent a group of former Soviet republics from tightening their relations with the European Union. The intensification of these efforts comes ahead of the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, scheduled to take place in Vilnius on 28-29 November.
Both the actions and statements made by the Russian government indicate that Russia will not accept Ukraine signing the Association Agreement with the EU, and is determined to prevent this from happening. On the other hand, the attitude of the Ukrainian government indicates that Kyiv hopes it will be possible to reconcile the Association Agreement with the country’s cooperation with the Customs Union (CU).
In 2009, Vladimir Putin, the then Russian prime minister, gave impetus to the establishment of closer relations within what was then a still narrow group of three countries: Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Close co-operation is expected to guarantee for Russia that the strong politico-economic influences in this area will be maintained.