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“After the withdrawal of the majority of ISAF troops from Afghanistan and the election of a new president Ashraf Ghani, new military and political situation has started to form in the country. To certain extent, this uncertainty is alarming for the Central Asian republics. Intra-regional agenda in 2015 will be determined by the rapid institutionalization of the Eurasian Union, which has already resulted in freezing the discussions on Central Asian integration as a tool for solving the regional problems”,  – Director of the private research and educational center "Bilim Karvon" ("Caravan of knowledge") Farhad Tolipov.


“After the G-20 summit in Brisbane, a moment of clear decision-making comes for Moscow on what outcome it expects for the crisis in the south-east of Ukraine. G-20 summit was one of the last points, where the Kremlin could decide to soften its position on Ukraine and improve relations with the West. However, the country has not taken advantage of this opportunity”, – Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.


“The latest events related to the destruction of civil airliner of Malaysian airlines in Ukraine even more seriously aggravate and deepen instability and had a direct impact on the global atmosphere of security. It is difficult to predict how events will unfold after the situation around shot down airliner. Most likely the blame for the incident would lay on the separatists in the eastern Ukraine. As Moscow supports them, for Russia - this situation will be accompanied by high emotional background”, - Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.


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“As a result of the current Ukrainian crisis Budapest Memorandum of 1994 – Memorandum of non-nuclear status of Ukraine and security guarantees in connection with the accession of the country to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, signed between Ukraine and the USA, Russia and Britain – remained nothing more than a piece of paper with no value. Proliferation risks are increasing, especially for the so-called threshold countries”, - Member, Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.


“Ukrainian crisis leads to increasing tensions and internal distrust between Russia and its CIS partners. Obviously, relations between Russia and current Ukrainian leadership or any of it successors, will be broken. Diplomatic relations, as well as some trade and economic cooperation between the two countries will continue. But let us make it clear, no Ukrainian politician, same as it was previously in Georgia,  will be able to pursue directions alternative to integration into Euro-Atlantic structures”, – Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations Konstantin von Eggert.


“Contradictory, cautious and vague statements that Central Asian states made on the events in Ukraine and the Crimea indicate serious concern of the regional leaders over possible implication of these developments for their countries. CIS institutions, including the CSTO, to significant degree lost their relevance by abstaining from the Ukrainian question. This put Central Asian countries at one-on-one position with Russia, without the possibility of appealing to multilateral structures in problem situations. This can adversely affect the security climate in our region”, – Director of the private research and educational center "Bilim Karvon" ("Caravan of knowledge") Farhad Tolipov.


“Authorities in Delhi would like to carry out a more balanced policy towards Islamabad, resembling the one with Beijing. India and China tend to resolve existing territorial disputes through economic cooperation. Generally, the logic of Delhi is the following: strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries in the future will contribute to the resolution of the political contradictions. Conflicts will become simply not economically viable. But the same approach does not work with Pakistan”, - Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan. 


“The negative trend of the period was associated with worsening of relations between Russia and the European Union due to the summit of the Eastern Partnership. If Moscow considers the agreement on associated membership in the EU, which Kiev intends to sign, an evil and goes the length of drastic exacerbation of relations with the European Union and Ukraine, the situation in the region will deteriorate. If opposite, the security situation would improve”, - Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, Konstantin von Eggert.


“Aggravation of Russian-Ukrainian relations has also affected in some way the security situation in the region. Strong desire of Kiev to get associate membership in the European Union and the inability to combine it with economic integration with the Customs Union creates nervousness in bilateral relations and complicates the further development of economic cooperation in the post-Soviet space. So, there are no reasons for optimism”, - Director General, Russian Council for Foreign Affairs Andrey Kortunov.