Posted by: mulrickillion | October 27, 2011

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Forced Into Customs Union


EurAsEC meeting in St. Petersburg, October 19 (Source: Dmitry Lovetsky via

By Erica Marat, Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vol. 8, Iss. 196, Oct 25, 2011 —

On October 19, members of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) announced in St. Petersburg that both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are eligible to join the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union (, October 19).
Although the Customs Union positions itself as an economic alignment, it has long acquired political significance. The Customs Union’s main architect, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has used the grouping as a policy instrument in both the regional and international arenas. According to Putin, the Customs Union provides a basis for further political and economic integration among former Soviet states (see EDM, October 6). What the Russian leader does not mention is that countries are pressured to support his initiative in order to continue receiving the Kremlin’s political support but despite this the Customs Union might potentially suppress local economic growth.

The main reason that Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have shown interest in joining the Customs Union is that Russia is the principle destination for their countries’ labor migrants. . . .

The Jamestown Foundation: Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Forced Into Customs Union


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