KOROTKOVA K.E. Forms of integration cooperation of the post-soviet states

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2013.2.17

Korotkova Kira Evgenevna

Post graduate student, Department of History of Foreign Countries,

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

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Abstract. The article highlights the integration which is taking place on the post-Soviet space and it marks some factors which promote integration course. There are some forms of integration interaction of the countries of the post-Soviet space. The article designates and analyzes them. They are: the Union State of Russia and Belarus, Free trade zone of the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The prevalence of political nature of integration processes on the post-Soviet space and aspiration to the development of economic integration unites them. Examined integration associations are various in their format. The Union State includes in an orbit of own interests the integration of different spheres of life of participating countries and as it is supposed to be a confederation of two states. The Customs Union represents the Customs Union of three countries which have expressed desire to go on the way of association of the customs territories and unification of the customs duties concerning the third countries. Free trade zone of the CIS means cancellation of the customs duties in trade between the participating countries. Each association has common interests of the states in various spheres directed on mutual cooperation and assumes various ways of consolidation. The detected forms of integration interaction carry out certain interpenetration among themselves. The existence of the states consisting in some of the considered organizations on the post-Soviet space promotes it. The considered organizations represent forms of integration interaction. The absence of continuity and gradual evolutionary transition from one form of integration to another obviously doesn’t promote acceleration and deepening of unifying processes on post-Soviet space. In spite of it the priority of the interstate relations is the orientation of the countries on development of economic interaction. It is important to note and to consider the existence of advantages and disadvantages of forms of integration interaction in connection with the development of integration on post-soviet space.

Key words: integration on post-Soviet space, CIS, Union State of Russia and Belarus, Customs Union, Free trade zone of the CIS.

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