FYODOR LUKYANOV RECOMMENDS NOT ARTIFICIALLY ACCELERATING EEU FORMATION

Friday 28 November 2014 09:35
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Fyodor Lukyanov

Yerevan/Mediamax/. Russian political scientist, Editor-in-Chief
at "Russia in Global Affairs" Journal Fyodor Lukyanov believes the
artificial acceleration of the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union
(EEU) "might only harm".

Fyodor Lukyanov stated it during a lecture delivered within the Media
School in Moscow held for the journalists of post-Soviet counties.

"Eurasian integration is at the initial stage of its development. Its
formation requires painstaking and long-lasting work. I am flatly
against the political dimension of this union. Its formation will
be a painful process of coordination of economic issues and one of
the most important tasks the union will face will be competition
with China's Silk Road economic project. I hope Eurasian Union will
consider the economic peculiarities of all partner-countries. It's
a slow process and its artificial acceleration might only harm",
said the political scientist.

In his speech, Fyodor Lukyanov also touched upon the crisis in Ukraine.

"I am absolutely sure what happened in Ukraine early this year
was a huge surprise and shock for the Russian leadership which
was forced to act quite impulsively. The annexation of Crimea by
Russia was a symbolic gesture implying the following: "we no longer
play by the rules of the U.S. and do what we find necessary". What
Russian leadership did was risky but it was also quite mindful. To
all appearances, Russia's this step was stemming from the realization
of the fact that the development model Russia employed for the past
25 years did not live up to expectations", he said.

Speaking about U.S.-Russian ties, Fyodor Lukyanov expressed the
opinion that "it is less likely there will be a conversion to a direct
confrontation, however, nothing positive should be expected either".

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