Russia does not approve of the actions of those extra-regional states that are trying to impose their development model on the countries of Central Asia. According to RIA Novosti, this was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan.
“We, frankly, do not approve of the actions of those extra-regional players who are trying, in line with the archaic theory of the so-called “big game”, to influence the foreign policy of the region in the right way for themselves, to impose recipes and models of development and behavior on its people,” Lavrov said .
He also emphasized that Russian policy in the Central Asian direction “is devoid of hidden agendas and double standards.”
“We do not consider the region through the prism of geopolitical confrontation as an arena for zero-sum games, we do not pose its states with an artificial choice – either with us or against us, we will not politicize the assistance we provide to the countries of the region and the support we provide, and we build cooperation with all countries of Central Asia without exception on a solid basis of international law, on the principles of equality, mutual respect and the search for a balance of interests,” the Russian Foreign Minister noted.
Due to its natural resources and favorable geographical position, Central Asia is becoming a strategically important region of the world. And therefore, the desire of large non-regional players to establish cooperation with both individual countries and the region as a whole is quite understandable.
More recently, ORIENT wrote saying that Paris proposes to develop a dialogue with Central Asian states in the “5 + 1” format . And this is despite the fact that the countries of the region successfully interact with the Old World in the format of “EU – Central Asia.”
According to the “5 + 1” formula, the USA, Japan and South Korea also develop interaction with the Central Asian region, along with Russia. Of course, the region has the closest ties with the Russian Federation, which has a historical explanation. Namely, long-term residence within the framework of one state – first in the Russian Empire, and then in the USSR.
As for the attempts of non-regional countries to impose their development model on the Central Asian region and influence its foreign policy in the way that they need for themselves, it should be emphasized that today Central Asia is very different from the region of the sample of 20-25 years ago.
On many topical foreign policy, economic and environmental issues, Central Asia acts in a consolidated manner. Mutual trust between leaders, countries and peoples is being strengthened in the region, which has led to the creation of a new political and economic situation. And in this regard, non-regional countries in Central Asia have little choice. Either develop cooperation with the region on the principles of mutual respect and mutual benefit, or do without it. Nobody has gone down the second path yet.