We monitor the important news relating the post-Soviet region and present you with the most up-to-date and relevant review of the factors affecting the connection of these countries to the West.
Eastern European countries of the former Soviet Union are Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Their combined population is close to 55 million. All three states have a broad agricultural base, and, except Moldova an industrial one.
Ukraine and Moldova are engaged in territorial conflicts with Russia.
The Baltic states are the 3 countries in northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. They are members of the European Union, NATO and the Eurozone. Estonia and Latvia are also members of the OECD, while Lithuania is a prospective candidate. Their combined population is over 6 million.
The Caucasus is a mountain region situated at the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. There are 3 post-Soviet countries in the region – Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Their combined population is over 16,5 million. Azerbaijan is a major regional energy player, supplying gas and oil to Europe.
Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. It consists of 5 former Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. A total regional population is over 70 million.