On April 28, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev paid a working visit to Russia’s capital, where he delivered a lecture at the Moscow State University, twenty years after his first similar speech there in 1994. Rather expectedly, the president’s speech was dedicated to the issue of post-Soviet integration, as Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus are preparing to sign on May 29 in Astana the founding treaty of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Since the mid-1990s, Kazakhstan has been a staunch supporter of various integration initiatives in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In 2000–2001, it played an instrumental role in the creation of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), which would later serve as a springboard for a trilateral Customs Union with Russia and Belarus (Forbes.kz, April 28).
The occurrence of a new integration association is expected at the map of the world – the Eurasian Economic Union. Attitude towards this process is ambiguous. In the light of the last political events the attempts if the post-Soviet states to claim their unanimity are perceived with concern by everyone including the peoples of these states. The opponents to such integration state that they are attempting to restore the totalitarian USSR where there is no place for state sovereignty, but total dependence from Russia. How real are such statements?
The European Parliament (EP) is one of the EU’s main institutions; however, its authority and influence both on the EU governance structure and citizen of the EU Member States is minor. The eighth elections to EP in May of this year have already revealed Europe‘s major issues and challenges faced by parliamentism in the European Union.
Beijing will join hands with Paris to explore third-party nuclear energy markets, Premier Li Keqiang told the French foreign minister on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin urged European Union leaders on Thursday to do more to help Ukraine through its economic crisis and said Moscow was ready for consultations with Europe over Kiev's gas debts.
Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are intensifying military-technical cooperation. We are interested in developing contacts both on bilateral and multilateral levels as part of the Turkic-speaking countries, in the framework of the Customs Union and other organizations, this has been said in Baku by the military attache of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Azerbaijan Almaz Bazarbayev.
“Ukraine could sign an agreement on visa-free travel regime with the EU by mid-2015,” said Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski on Friday, after meeting with senior officials of the Ukrainian MFA in Kyiv.
Visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met with Kazakhstan’s top leadership on May 8 in Astana to discuss a range of bilateral and regional cooperation issues, including events in Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan as well as Kazakhstan’s upcoming accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The key message coming out from Burns’s meetings with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Karim Massimov and Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov was that both Washington and Astana are strongly interested in further expanding their strategic partnership in the long term.
NATO launched a large-scale exercise “Steadfast Javelin 1” in Estonia on Friday (16 May 2014) which will test Allied forces on their ability to work together as well as maintaining NATO’s readiness and combat effectiveness.
The Arctic is the most graphic example of climate change impacting geopolitics. A whole vast region, previously permanently icebound, is opening up for commercial navigation and energy exploration. The international community stands before a range of new opportunities, but it is also faced with a series of issues waiting to be resolved. The question now is whether these challenges will promote global cooperation or foster dangerous competition in the Arctic.