The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev indicated this Thursday that he considers it possible to implement the ‘Greater Eurasia’ mega-project proposed years ago by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, on strengthening cooperation between several ex-Soviet economies with China.
The Greater Eurasian megaproject deserves a detailed discussion. Sooner or later it will apply. And, as Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) said, it is possible that other countries may join,” Tokayev said at the plenary session of the Eurasian Economic Forum taking place in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Tokayev pointed out that other similar megaprojects, such as China’s New Silk Road, already include many participants.
In 2016, Putin proposed creating Greater Eurasia to bring the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) economies closer to China.
Initially, the possibility of participation of European countries in this project was also foreseen.
“The Russian President made an absolutely rational proposal to involve countries interested in the integration process. Here we have the Chinese project of the New Silk Road, as well as other countries that really express an interest in joining the integration processes in the Eurasian space. “, Tokayev considered.
The Eurasian Economic Forum took place the day before the summit of the leaders of the EEU, which includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia, where the priorities of this group will be debated in the midst of unprecedented sanctions against Moscow due to his military campaign in Ukraine.
The UEE was formally announced on January 1, 2015, and covers a territory of more than 20.8 million square kilometers, with more than 182 million inhabitants.
Source: With Agencies