SCO: Searching for goals

­Kirill Barsky – Russian President’s Special Envoy to SCO

Next June, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is having a joint antiterrorist drill. The preparations are going well, except for one thing: one of the members, Uzbekistan, has refused to take part in the exercise. The other partners say that’s alright, but analysts suppose a crisis is facing the SCO, which makes its members search for different cooperation opportunities. Over decade since the body was founded, it is still, unclear if it is a military, an economic or whatever partnership.

Is the SCO rally facing an ideological crisis? What is the organization’s goal and how is it going to develop in the future?

We ask the Russian president’s special envoy to the SCO, Kirill Barsky.