ECONOMIC PROJECTS BACKBONE FOR CIS INTEGRATION - ARMENIAN ANALYST


October 31, 2012 | 16:58

YEREVAN.- Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, all independent
republics were faced with common problems - downturn and GDP slump,
internal and external conflicts, Armenian political analyst said
during space bridge organized by Russian RIA Novosti agency.

Alexander Markarov said all the aforesaid in addition to closed borders
refers to Armenia. He believes CIS, as a platform for maintaining ties
between the former Soviet states, was not developing successfully. New
structures, such as CSTO and Customs Union, appeared as examples of
cooperation in various levels.

The analyst believes economic projects may become a backbone for CIS
integration. Such projects may be the basis of political integration,
while the other direction is humanitarian cooperation.