Eurasian Union should become organic part of new world architecture – Nazarbayev
October 26. Interfax. Moscow
The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has flatly denied the presumption that his proposal for the creation of the Eurasian Union was an attempt to collectively fend off external threats or contend an expansion from China.
“Some Western media were quick to suggest that the purpose of the Eurasian Union was to provide protection from a so-called Chinese economic expansion. Nothing is farther from the truth than these allegations,” Nursultan Nazarbayev wrote in his article “Eurasian Union: From the Conception to the History of the Future” published by the Izvestia newspaper.
As the newspaper notes, the article is a continuation of the discussion about the integration in the post-Soviet space started by the Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Elaborating on China, Nazarbayev wrote: “On the opposite, China has been a strategic partner of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus for the last two decades. We maintain an intense political dialogue and a close economic cooperation. We are also close partners within the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization – IF-K) and the CCTBMA (Conference for Coordination and Trust-Building Measures in Asia – IF-K).
The Kazakhstani leader believes the Eurasian Union is “a megaproject that can match the difficult present and future challenges” and has “all chances to become an organic part of the new world architecture”.
According to him, all participants of Eurasian integration should have a clear action strategy.
Firstly, Nazarbayev says, the Eurasian Union should be a globally competitive economic alliance.
“I suggest promptly developing and adopting a joint Program of Eurasian Innovative and Technological Cooperation for a period of 10-15 years,” he wrote.
“Secondly, the Eurasian Union should form a strong link between the Euro-Atlantic and Asian geographical ranges of development. In economic terms, we can become a bridge between the dynamic economies of Europe and Eastern, South-Eastern and South Asia,” Nazarbayev noted.
“Thirdly, the Eurasian Union should be a self-sufficient regional financial association, which will become a part of a new global currency system,” the article said.
“Fourthly, the geoeconomic and, later, geopolitical maturation of the Eurasian integration should be strictly evolutional and voluntary. No forms of artificial acceleration or coercion of any countries are acceptable,” Nazarbayev said.
Talking about the platform of the Eurasian integration, the president of Kazakhstan reminded the readers of such supranational organizations as the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States, EAEC (Eurasian Economic Community, CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization), Customs Union and the Common Economic Space of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
“The appearance of other organizations cannot be excluded. I, on my part, remain a supporter of the Central Asian Union,” Nazarbayev wrote.
The Kazakhstani president also believes that the creation of the Eurasian Union “can only be based on broad public support” and proposes opening a 24-hour news channel Eurasia-24 as a medium of broadcasting “full and objective information about the advantages and course of the integration”.
Nursultan Nazarbayev suggests locating the executive bodies of the Common Economic Space in Astana, a city situated in the geographical center of the Eurasian continent.
“This has nothing to do with any ambitions. It would be a serious burden on us, but at the same time it would be a just recognition of Kazakhstan’s role as the originator of the idea of Eurasian integration.
The location of the central office in Kazakhstan will rid the union of all suspicions, both within and beyond our countries, and increase the trust of our organization, which is making its first steps,” Nazarbayev wrote.
He reminded that the location of the CIS headquarters in Minsk in its time was dictated by the same considerations. “It is not by chance that the headquarters of the European Union is located in Brussels,” he added.
“In the beginning of the 21st century the idea of Eurasian integration is taking the real dimension of the Common Economic Space. It has proven its historic worth as a sure way to the prosperity of our countries and peoples,” Nazarbayev noted.
“The key political decisions have been taken. We are yet to solve many far-reaching tasks to create an economically powerful, stable and all-beneficial Eurasian Union. That is our common strategic goal!” Nursultan Nazarbayev concluded.