Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Central Asia and the Caucasus

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Central Asia and the Caucasus

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May 5: Over 100 activists from several nongovernmental organizations inKyrgyzstan protested against their state joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Protesters felt that joining a Russian-led customs union would limit Kyrgyzstan's political and economic independence. The government of Kyrgyzstan had expressed interest in joining the EEU, which was comprised of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. [RFE/RL, 5/5]

May 16: A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) bureau focusing on ties and cooperation with Central Asian states officially opened in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. James Appathurai, NATO's special representative for Central Asia and the Caucasus, said the bureau's goal was to facilitate an alliance between NATO and Central Asian countries. Though Uzbekistan had been a member of NATO's Partnership for Peace Program since 1994, many saw the bureau's opening as competition with Russia. [RFE/RL, 5/16]"

May 29: The leaders of Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus signed a treaty in Astana that created the EEU. The treaty stipulated an economic bloc territory of unified customs tariffs beginning on January 1, 2015. …

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