State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin discussed with the European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian the situation in the region. This is reported by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“The sides discussed the situation in Central Asia, and also exchanged views on the prospects for the development of Russia-EU relations with the states of the region,” the foreign ministry said.
Peter Burian outlined the main provisions of the recently approved European Union Strategy “The EU and Central Asia: New Opportunities for a Stronger Partnership.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the Russian side “stressed the importance of a careful and respectful attitude to the realities prevailing in Central Asia, including the dynamically developing processes of Eurasian integration.” “The readiness to search for points of contact with the European Union in the region was expressed,” the ministry added.
Central Asia is currently attracting the attention of the financial and economic centers of the world. The favorable geographical position and rich natural resources, mainly fuel and energy, make the Central Asian region a zone of profitable capital investment.
At the same time, the expert environment is dominated by simplified and extremely primitive interpretations and analysis of political and socio-economic processes taking place in the states of Central Asia.
A good example is connecting protests that swept a number of Arab countries in 2011, and were called the Arab Spring, to the Central Asian region. Then, the expert community almost unanimously claimed that the protest moods of the Arab spring would surely spread to Central Asia and then…
It all happened exactly the opposite way. Central Asia remained an island of stability, while uprisings and protests of that era, on the contrary, consolidated the region and strengthened stability. This is why one should know the region before making such lightweight and irresponsible forecasts. In short, who does not respect the realities of Central Asia will not succeed in it.