Following the Soviet disintegration, a little over two decades ago, Central Asia has become one of the most important regions, not only for the Asian continent but also, for the global geo-politics. The region – comprising Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – is rich in minerals and natural resources. With an attractive overall GDP in excess of 160 billion dollars, the region is a natural attraction for energy sector investors and global policy makers. This importance has also been realized by key regional players, especially Russia, which has tried to maintain good ties with all these Central Asian states. It is a compulsion and not a choice if viewed against the inter-play of various vested interests in the region, currently being led by the United States and its allies. Their role in the Baltic States (like Georgia and Armenia) apparently also prompted Moscow to pro-actively engage the states on the periphery of the Russian Federation.
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