The struggle for influence in Central Asia- extract 1

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Russia, which is back from 2008 in newly independent countries, especially shown by Ukraine crisis in 2014, with its "special circumstances and [his] particular weight that is binded tightly ' with each State were part of his empire for nearly 80 years, due to its geographical proximity, which facilitates deployment troops, and finally by his interest not to lose touch with a part of the world for its essential strategic focus on Afghanistan, drug trafficking, warm seas, energy resources of the Caspian Sea, ISIS terrorism, and also on the possibilities temporarily or permanently to weak the Chinese and Iranian response capabilities in the region, especially after the lift of sanctions for Iran in 2015.


Russia was thus the first state, naturally we might almost say, to promote its sustainable presence in Central Asia.

The Eurasian Economic Union in 2015 and before the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1991 met this target. Both births could give hope to Moscow leaders that it would re-energize cooperation between the former socialist republics and put them together into a unifying framework. Ukraine crisis has blown it apart. As the substitute of economic part of CIS, the Eurasian Economic Union tries to unite countries under the patronage of Russia. To the satisfaction of the Kremlin, the Central Asian states not therefore decided and are not to depart too radically from the big "brother."

Without calling into question the voluntary nature of such commitments, the elites of these countries have certainly addressed the annoyances of a policy too openly hostile to that of Moscow; especially since no did not have the means or alternatives needed for such an attitude. However, the strategy implemented by the Kremlin with Georgia and Ukraine more recently explains the reluctance of Central Asians states to go further than an economic union which still remains vague.

To be continued.

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