When information about a meeting of the SCO or the CIS once again appears, it becomes warm and joyful at the thought that another reason has appeared for the presidents of fraternal countries living side by side for more than a decade to meet again, to stretch their hands to each other sincere greetings, will bestow their colleagues and others with wide smiles filled with happiness and joy from the next contemplation of colleagues.
Dreaming. The hands of the Central Asian presidents will, as always, be sweaty, the smiles will be stretched, and the arms and palm presses will be the protocol. So it is necessary. So that their older Russian and Chinese brothers would feel like wizards, who managed to unite suspicious people under the ideas of universal happiness, with thin lips cut down in anger by aging (and some even decrepit) descendants of the Soviet nomenclature system.
Yes, they all depict alliance and cooperation, but no one has yet asked them what has changed since the time they began to gather for summits? On the contrary, if you look at Central Asia from above from a height of at least an airplane, there, at the bottom, you can see some kind of metal barriers called barbed wire, and on invisible lines, called borders, there are shelves of well-armed units.
There is no air communication between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for 15 (!) Years, which for two countries that are in a state of official love and friendship seems to be a completely normal state. In order for a citizen of Uzbekistan to go to Kyrgyzstan, and a Kyrgyz - to Uzbekistan, he needs a visa. To look at the creation of Turkmenbashi, visas are needed for all. And even the relations of two very close nations - Kyrgyz and Kazakh - are in a state of constant cheering on how much President Nazarbayev wants to be friends. Control at the border has become tougher, and the possibility of closing the border - more often.
But they continue to show “warm” feelings for each other, since obligations to their older brothers oblige them to become more docile, since their future depends on their behavior. In Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan there were attempts at independent political life, and how it all ended is well known. Therefore, no matter how disgusting, it is necessary to build relationships.
Recently, the President of Uzbekistan made a truly historic visit to Turkmenistan. For so many years, the two countries enclosed themselves with barbed wire and volatile border detachments restored territorial integrity, driving dealerships of cheap Turkmen gasoline across the desert. Now, as the agencies report, the presidents signed ten documents, and at the final banquet, one can assume, embraced, kissed each other, shed tears and promised each other to live in peace and friendship. Whether barbed wire barriers have been removed is not reported. But it is reported that Islam Abduganiyevich presented the order “Buyuk Hizmatlari Uchun” to his Turkmen colleague, Gurbanguly Myalikkulievich in return presented the purebred stallion in response.
You understand, so accepted. They were unlikely to engage in such nasty things as finding out the degree of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in their countries. Or bringing the voting process to international standards. They just talked like two neighbors from one mahalla, not loving each other, but hiding that they were forced to do it.
Actually, for this and there are such strange formations as the SCO or the CIS. And I will not bother you with silly questions about how many economic projects have been implemented during the period of these organizations, how the standard of living in the above-mentioned organizations has grown. Do not need. The only achievement within the CIS was the transfer of experience in strengthening personal power. And all the other words - about peace and friendship - this is a fig in your pocket ...
A fig in a pocket is a necessary thing in politics both internal and external in the post-Soviet space. It strengthens the spirit of the fig holder, gives his actions a secret meaning. Within the framework of the SCO, it is advisable to hold a competition - who has a fig in his pocket. And so, even the very meaning of costly meetings is lost ...