COVID-19 has significantly expanded integration in the Eurasian partnership, which is essential to moving away from hydrocarbon fuels
The pandemic actually played a very interesting role in terms of integration in the Eurasian space. […] My personal opinion is as follows: there is a saying that misfortune brings people together. And this misfortune that befell us all caused us to very quickly, literally in March and April, start making decisions – systemic decisions that aim to protect markets and aim to protect our countries and consumers. [...] All this suggests that today the EAEU is actually increasingly aware of itself as a single integrated whole — Alexey Overchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation.
You all know that the topic of the Greater Eurasian Partnership is constantly on the agenda of high-level meetings, and there is political will — Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Economic Commission.
What is the essence of the possible reaction, including in the Eurasian space and in EurAsEC? What can be done and how should it be done? The crux of the matter is that mankind has made a decision. Mankind has decided to give up hydrocarbons. This is a revolution on a scale comparable with the English Industrial Revolution. [...] Even the industrialization that took place in our country in the middle of the 20th century seems smaller in scale to me than the rejection of hydrocarbons — Anatoliy Chubais, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Relations with International Organisations to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
Discussions about manmade or some kind of cosmic, tectonic, or other aspects of warming are no longer relevant. The point is that the global industry and economy are moving into this green zone. And the reasons for this process should not be forgotten, but relegated to the background. Now we need to think about what to do. And, of course, real cooperation within the Greater Eurasian Partnership is also very important in this regard — Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).