“Eurasian Union fails a critical test: Displaying irrelevance in the time of the corona crisis”, Arkady Moshes, Ryhor Nizhnikau and Kristiina Silvan (FIIA, Finland)

“The COVID19 pandemic has subjected the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to a double ordeal. On the one hand, the question is whether the EAEU has the institutional capacity to make its five member states – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia – act in a coherent and coordinated manner. On the other hand, the challenge is to make a practical difference and add value to the states’ actions. Mikhail Myasnikovich, a Belarusian national who is currently the head of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), admitted that the coronavirus would pose a “durability test” for the Union. However, thus far, the EAEU’s response to the challenge has been unconvincing at best, and has served instead to turn the spotlight on the existing internal contradictions and structural deficiencies.”

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