Archive for December, 2014

AZERBAIJAN AT CROSS-ROADS: EUROPEAN UNION OR EURASIAN UNION

Razi Nurullayev, political scientist, founder and expert with the "REGION" International Analytical Center (RIAC)

Razi Nurullayev, political scientist, founder and expert with the “REGION” International Analytical Center (RIAC)

In January 2014, in the World Economic Forum in Davos, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev stated that Azerbaijan was not going to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. “Today there’s no necessity for our country to choose between cooperation with EU and Customs Union. We have very active bilateral relations with the members of Customs Union. Our trade turnover is growing and in general the political contacts are at the high level. Some choices or alternatives were never in question for us. We cooperate with both Custom Union members and EU members”, – President Aliyev said.

In the light of recent military intervention of Russia in the Georgia and Ukraine, two countries that chose the path of Euro-integration, there are wide-spread fears that Azerbaijan may be the next target if the country signs the association agreement. Therefore, the government decided to sign non-binding and less comprehensive the Strategic Modernization Partnership. Read more »