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Lukyanov: SCO Meeting Advanced the Creation of a New Eurasian Security and Development System

“Talk of a Eurasian security system, so to speak, is in the air,” senior Russian strategic analyst Fyodor Lukyanov wrote in the government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, an English-language version of which was published by RT on July 4. Lukyanov is chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a leading Russian think-tank, and research director of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

Lukyanov reviewed the results of last week’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, emphasizing that the group “could play an important role in a nascent security system that emphasizes total development.” He noted that “the SCO is unique. It is a full-fledged institution, i.e. a fairly formalized structure with its own bodies and rules (unlike, for example, the BRICS, the nature of which has not yet been clearly clarified).”

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