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Experts call for warding off ‘Ukrainian scenario’ in Central Asia

June 12, 2014, 22:28 UTC+3 DUSHANBE
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DUSHANBE, June 12, /ITAR-TASS/. Experts from the Eurasian Development Club met in Dushanbe on Thursday, June 12, to discuss preventive measures to ward off the Ukrainian scenario in the region.

Yuri Krupnov, chairman of the Supervisory Council of Russia’s Institute of Demography, Migration and Regional Development, told ITAR-TASS that three issues had been discussed at the experts’ first meeting.

“These are mainly issues concerning Afghanistan and the drafting of common programmes for accelerated industrial development of that country. It is obvious to everyone that there will be no stabilisation in the region unless the drug-based economy is replaced with a positive one,” he said.

The experts also discussed stability in the post-Soviet region and came to the conclusion that it is necessary to “intensify Eurasian cooperation and build a strong geopolitical system in order to avoid Ukrainian events and work out preventive measures for that purpose”.

The experts also discussed industrialisation in Russia and Tajikistan. Several strategic investment projects have been mapped out in this field and can be implemented under the auspices of the Corporation for Cooperation with Central Asia as a system integrator.

The creation of the corporation on the basis of Vnesheconombank has been proposed by Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) chief Viktor Ivanov. The proposal has also been approved by the State Duma (lower house of Russian parliament) Committee for CIS Affairs and Ties with Compatriots.

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