Central Asia is a region of cooperation; it is not about spheres of influence in the region – Mogherini

Central Asia is a region of cooperation; it is not about spheres of influence in the region – Mogherini

Nury AMANOV

The EU sees no contradiction in the fact that the Central Asian republics to develop relations with the EU, while maintaining ties with Russia, said the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini. Mogherini made the remarks on the eve of the Brussels forum “Asia-Europe”. Delegations from Central Asian countries to participate in the forum also.

Speaking at the European Parliament, she said that there is no contradiction for Central Asian countries to look the other way. They can have good relations with China, with Russia and with the European Union.

According to Mogherini, the European Union can offer something good from the point of view of quality and from the point of view of the economy, human rights and the rule of law, and Central Asia is interested in this.

“So I think we have great potential to expand this network of like-minded countries in the world without any plan of hegemony, no spheres of influence, but just to strengthen multilateralism”, she concluded.

Earlier, the European Commission announced the EU strategy for the development of the pairing of Europe and Asia, proposing initiatives to strengthen ties between the regions using compatible transport, energy and digital networks. The strategy states that in the coming decades Asia will need more than 1.3 trillion euros a year in infrastructure investment to maintain current growth rates and adaptation to climate change.

This is how the world works; there is a scramble for influence between the world centers of power in many of its regions. Fortunately, Central Asia is avoided it. At the same time, in the opinion of political scientists, the rich natural resources, mainly hydrocarbon, and the favorable geostrategic position give the Central Asian region a special role. In many ways, the good-neighboring and cooperation traditions established in the Central Asian region helps to find solutions to conflict issues and to avoid the policy of bloc allegiance in relations with other countries of the world. The role of Turkmenistan as neutral state with its peacekeeping foreign policy is a huge.

Ashgabat was the first in the region and in the world to announce a multi-vector cooperation policy, where mutual benefit, mutual respect, policy of non-interference, and strengthening peace and stability are the main criteria. Over time, these principles have been recognized and applied in the region. Today, in spite of the difficult situation in the world, Russian, American, European, Chinese and other companies are represented on the Turkmen market, as well as on the markets of other Central Asian countries. Thus, the foreign policy of the region could serve as an example for other regions of the world. This is exactly was what the head of EU diplomacy meant when she spoke about “expanding the network of like-minded countries in the world without any plan of hegemony, no spheres of influence, but just to strengthen multilateralism”.

In his Address to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke about how to help overcome the crisis of confidence and to strengthen mutual understanding. In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan put forward an initiative to have 2019 as the Year of Peace and Trust.

“Our initiative envisages developing specific measures to reduce tensions, to promote the peaceful, political and diplomatic resolution of disputes and disagreements, and to adopt here responsible and balanced decisions”, Turkmen leader said in his speech.

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