RISS Considered Issues of Developing the Greater Eurasian Partnership

On April 22th, RISS hosted a conference named Pairing the EAEU with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative: Implementation Issues and Significance for Developing the Greater Eurasian Partnership.

The issue of developing the Greater Eurasian Partnership (GEP) acquires a special meaning in the light of the Address by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The head of Russia noted the focus of projects within the EAEU at ensuring economic growth and the well-being of people, as well as the practical implementation of Russian ideas on linking the GEP with other integration processes.

The RISS conference was attended by Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kirill Barsky, Acting Director of the RAS Far East Institute Aleksei Maslov, Deputy Director at the RAS National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations Aleksandr Lomanov, Director of the Russian National Market Research and Development Institute, Andrei Spartak, Deputy Director at the Department for Integration Development of the Eurasian Economic Commission Elena Danilova and experts of the Eurasian Economic Commission A.Panteleev and A.Azarov, General Director of the International Trade and Integration Research Center Vladimir Salamatov, Director (2010–2021) of the ASEAN Center at MGIMO Viktor Sumsky, Chief Researcher at the RAS Institute of Economics Boris Kheifets, Vice-Rector for International Relations of the Far Eastern Federal University Viktoriya Panova, Associate Professor, School of Oriental Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics Mikhail Karpov, Senior Researcher, Center for East Asian and SCO Studies, Institute for International Studies, MGIMO Igor Denisov, Senior Researcher at the Center for Social & Economic Development Institutes at the RAS Institute of Economics Nikita Stepanov, Head of the Analytics Department at the International Trade and Integration Research Center Vyacheslav Kolomin.

In his opening remarks, RISS Director Mikhail Fradkov noted the important role of attracting intellectual resources to fill the initiative aimed at developing the GEP with specific proposals. This interest is generated by the proposed open current format of interaction accepting no double standards and directing potential participants to mutually beneficial cooperation while respecting their legal rights and development goals. Today the situation is developing in such a way that the Eurasian Economic Union can become the core of the unification process within the framework of Greater Eurasia. The RISS Director noted that strategic directions for the development of Eurasian economic integration until 2025 (approved in December 2020) will promote further strengthening the EAEU by gradually reducing restrictions on the movement of goods, services, and labor, as well as enhancing interaction between the parties in a number of areas, including digital space, customs regulation, finance, healthcare, etc.

The speeches of the conference participants were aimed at the detailed analysis of the EEU conjugation with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative as to the strategic tasks and priorities of the Russian Federation. Much attention was paid to the influence of Eurasian regional integration projects on the development of the Greater Eurasian Partnership.

The expert reports reflected conceptual and practical approaches to the implementation of projects within broad Eurasian economic integration. The speakers also noted the mutual influence of coupling and current trends in global and regional development.

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