DUSHANBE -- A recent report has shown that Tajik citizens' desire to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is waning, AsiaPlus reported Wednesday (December 6).
The EEU is a trading bloc of former Soviet states, which owes its creation to a treaty signed by the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia in May 2014. A year later, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan joined the union.
Only 69% of citizens expressed a desire for Tajikistan to join the EEU in 2017, compared to 76% in 2012, according to the Integration Barometer-2017 report by the Eurasian Development Bank.
The Tajik government has been considering the issue of joining the EEU since 2014.
With the 'Islamic State' on the verge of defeat, Kazakhstanis who joined the group are likely to begin returning home, where they will face anti-terrorism measures.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.