The strategic partnership between the EU and central Asian countries
Raikhan Sadykova, Gulnara Mendikulova
This article examined the relationships between the EU and Central Asia at the level of the partnership, their background, which were laid in the early 1990s and the dynamics at the beginning of the 21st century. The economic interests of the EU in Central Asia based on the possibility of access to necessary energy resources of Central Asia and the development of trade-economic relations. Central Asia takes a significant place in world geopolitics now. Increased interest in the early 21st century was a result of many factors such as: the need for energy resources of Central Asia, the region’s proximity to Afghanistan and based on the possibility of creating a security belt, combatting new threats such as trafficking in drugs and arms, migration flows and organized crime. In this context, this article was an attempt to study the development of an EU strategy for Central Asia until the contemporary stage.