Regional organisations in the post-Soviet space

16-01-2015

Since the breakup of the USSR in 1991, Russia has cooperated with its neighbours through a series of regional multilateral organisations and agreements. These have served to maintain Russian influence over the 'Near Abroad' – ex-Soviet republics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – while mitigating Russian isolation as its relations with the West become increasingly tense, not least due to the Ukrainian crisis.

Since the breakup of the USSR in 1991, Russia has cooperated with its neighbours through a series of regional multilateral organisations and agreements. These have served to maintain Russian influence over the 'Near Abroad' – ex-Soviet republics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – while mitigating Russian isolation as its relations with the West become increasingly tense, not least due to the Ukrainian crisis.