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On 12 August, the leaders of all five coastal countries adopted a framework convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea during the Caspian Summit in Aktau, Kazakhstan.
The economic crisis in Russia is affecting the uncompetitive post-Soviet economies which are dependent on Moscow.
Russia is trying to use the Central Asia's leaders fear to increase its influence in the area of security in the region.
While the Kremlin presents the EEU as the Eurasian equivalent of the European Union, the project is in reality an imitation of integration.
The end of the Western military presence in Central Asia will mean the West’s influence on the security sphere in the region will be marginalised.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Ukraine have created a new context for Kazakhstan’s foreign and domestic policy.
Since the collapse of the USSR, Russian influence in Central Asia has undergone a far-reaching erosion. The process is unlikely to be reversed.
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 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…