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Kyrgyzstan Rushes into Moscow’s Economic Embrace

Kyrgyzstan’s Russia-friendly government is getting closer to the point of no return. 

Two weeks after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin launched his proposal for a new Eurasian Union based on the Moscow-led Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan has taken another step toward accession with the formation of a working group to resolve outstanding issues. 

On October 17, Acting Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov, a Customs Union supporter, noted that Kyrgyzstan still had some issues to work out before joining. Among the problems Babanov mentioned is “finding work for the tens or hundreds of thousands of people who will be left jobless when we enter the Customs Union.” 

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Kyrgyzstan Rushes into Moscow’s Economic Embrace

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