Большое евразийское партнерство: возможное региональное влияние и интересы России
In this article the author analyzes the current state and prospects of integration associations and formats for multilateral economic cooperation in terms of implementing the initiative of the Greater Eurasian Partnership. The role of this initiative as an instrument of Russian policy is thoroughly examined and its potential is assessed for strengthening international cooperation in Eurasia. In particular, the possibilities of harmonizing key projects and initiatives within the framework of the idea of co-development of the continent's states are analyzed. The authors explore the potential of the largest multilateral formats in Eurasia, both in the economic sphere - the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (CREP), the One-Belt-One Road Initiative (OBOR), the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU), etc.
A special focus is placed on the possibility of connecting Russia to multilateral economic (integration) projects in Eurasia in terms of advancing its strategic interests, as well as realizing the potential of the EEU as a structural pillar of Greater Eurasia institute. The conclusion is that the current state of regional economic institutions does not fully correspond to Russia's interests. In the economic sphere of "Greater Eurasia" there is an institutional congestion caused by the existence of a number of parallel developing integration initiatives and mechanisms for economic cooperation.
It is concluded that the strengthening of the EEU as the institutional core of the "Greater Eurasia" can become the basis for the formation of a balanced normative mega-space. However, the relatively small aggregate economic potential of the member states of the Union does not allow the EEU to be the largest economic pole and the leading center for the development of multilateral institutions in Greater Eurasia. The authors suggest that the solution to this contradiction could be the development of the Comprehensive Eurasian Partnership towards the interface of the EEU, the largest format for developing the rules of the international economic life in Asia, both to secure Russian interests and to strengthen international cooperation.