PEOPLE IN SEVEN CIS COUNTRIES, INCLUDING ARMENIA, FIND IT NECESSARY TO STRENGTHEN TIES AMONG FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS
YEREVAN, October 16. /ARKA/. People in seven CIS countries, including
Armenia, find it necessary to strengthen ties among former Soviet
republics, Mikhail Gorshkov, director of the Sociology Institute of
the Russian Academy of Sciences, said Wednesday when presenting the
results of the international public opinion poll at a news conference
in Novosti International Press Center in Yerevan.
In his words, two years ago Eurasian Monitor international agency
initiated regular monitoring of public sentiments in CIS countries
to see how much mindset of people living in the post-Soviet space
have changed for years of independence.
“The second gauge of the survey was conducted in spring 2013,
when 14,000 people were polled in 12 countries (11 CIS countries
and Georgia),” Gorshkov said. “Questions were economic, political
The survey has shown that people in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan lean to
cooperation, and such sentiments are dominating here.
Respondents showed favor for post-Soviet cooperation and singled out
this space among other spaces saying that ties among former Soviet
republics should be closer.
At the same time, Gorshkov pointed out that there were also
Europe-leaning respondents, but they were few in the mentioned seven
In early September, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his Russian
counterpart, Vladimir Putin, made a joint statement, according to
which Armenia has decided to join the Customs Union and to take part
in formation of the Eurasian Union in the future.
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From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress