Актуальные проблемы и перспективы сопряжения процессов евразийской и западноевропейской экономической интеграции
The article discusses crucial issues of regional economic integration with the participation of the Russian Federation.
A wide variety of sources: relevant documents, newspapers articles, experts opinions, policymakers speeches were studied
by authors to conduct the analysis. The authors interlink the Eurasian integration and Russia-EU strategic partnership
and analyze prospects for relations between the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (Customs Union (CU))
and the European Union. Both Russia and the CU members, as well as the EU are interested in building up common
economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Drivers and obstacles to the common economic space between the two
regional blocs are identified. Russia’s membership in WTO is the foundation for a success of measures aimed at connecting
the integration processes. Nevertheless, the CU accession to the WTO remains an issue of great importance. The authors
assert that Russia’s accession to WTO overall has positive impact on Russia’s development and integration processes in the
European and CIS areas. The paper concludes that Russia should facilitate Kazakhstan’s and Belarus’s WTO accession
and act as a link between European and post-Soviet integration. Otherwise the cooperation between Russia and European
Union will stagnate. Joint transcontinental infrastructure and transport projects development will provide new opportunities
for integration processes.