The Regions.ru portal, as it often does, summed up reaction to Gorbachev’s remarks by citing the comments a Duma member and a CIS business center official gave to other outlets and interviewing a Moscow-based Russian researcher regions.ru/news/2596703/
“Of course,” he continues, “the present-day states on the territory of the former USSR are strongly attached to their sovereignty, and in many of them there are nationalistic tendencies in politics. But integration processes are occurring, chiefly in the economic sphere … and new unions are emerging not according to a territorial principle but to a completely different one.”
And Aleksey Zudin, an expert at the Moscow Institute for Socio-Economic and Political Research, said that it is hard to imagine that the USSR could be restored, especially in its former borders. There are integrative projects led by Russia, and none of the other efforts at integration have succeeded.
According to the researcher, “integration processes with the participation of the Russian Federation have been successfully going on for a long time. Here is the Union State, and the Eurasian Economic Union and the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty, and one should mention the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”
All this, Zudin says,, “points to the fact that the extent of integration exceeds those which existed during the period of the existence of the USSR, and they go far beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union. This is our new reality and world-wide processes are promoting the success of integration.”
But to say this does not mean that the USSR will reemerge given that “the elites of part of the countries [on the former Soviet space] have chosen not in favor of a union with Russia: they are involved in geopolitical groupings opposed to us,” Zudin said, adding that “of course this is not the choice of [their] peoples.”