Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, pointed to the emergence of a new dynamic in Central Asia. He registered about this on Sunday 20 November blog on the website of the European External Action Service.
“It is clear that Russia, as well as China, have played and continue to play an important role. At the same time, it is clear that the region wants to diversify its relations and sees the EU as the most suitable partner.” said the head of European diplomacy. According to him, regional leaders are implementing reforms. In addition, relations between the states of Central Asia are improving.
Over the past decade, the EU has sent more than €100 billion to the region, making the EU the largest source of foreign direct investment, well ahead of Russia and China, Borrell said. “In addition, we will soon celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The most important task is to lay these foundations and give new impetus, taking into account the rapidly changing geopolitical context,” he added.
“It is necessary to respect international law”
Borrell recalled his visit to Samarkand, where the 9th ministerial meeting took place meeting in “EU-Asia” format.
According to the chief diplomat of the European Union, they mainly discussed the upheavals caused by the Russian invasion. The region has a balanced approach, but the participants unanimously agreed on the need to protect the main principles of the UN Charter (territorial integrity, no use of force) and to minimize the negative consequences of the Russian war.
Josep Borrell stressed that hard rules and respect for international law are necessary for the development of trade and investment. “What we call the rules-based international order makes states safe, people free and businesses willing to invest,” he stressed.
The situation with the coming to power in Kabul of the radical Islamist movement “Taliban” and the war against Ukraine require much greater investment in partnership in Central Asia, summed up the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
Expand cooperation with Europe
The end of October German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock (Annalena Baerbock) visited the countries of Central Asia and offered them to expand cooperation with Europe. “It’s important to me that the future doesn’t just give them a choice between a tight straitjacket in Russia’s backyard and dependence on China.” she noted.