Oleg Bokov Russia, Yekaterinburg analytical expert of «Center For Political and Social Studies» The CPSS performs analytical reviews of: Political and economic aspects at the level of Sverdlovskaya region; Possible ways of development of Russia’s business relations; International relationship of former USSR perimeter countries, Sverdlovskaya region Sverdlovskaya region is located in the middle of Russia, is actually the industrial centre of Ural. Sverdlovskaya region has strong relationship with different foreign countries both in the East and West; The market share of Black Sea region countries in total is minimal in Sverdlovskaya region, but the collaboration may be very productive. Black Sea region – the overview The main problem or advantage of Black Sea region is that all the countries are direct neighbors; The common economic interests of the Black Sea region countries may lead to the deficit of resources or may result in synergies for all the participants; The economic situation highly depend on the political views and actions of leaders of each country in the region. The probable ways of international relationship’s development: More effective usage of transport system – sea transportation of cargos and passengers; Development of tourism (all directions); Improvement of existing trading relationship and creation of new businesses (probably in the form of joint ventures); Creation of special economic zones in the Black Sea region countries (lower taxation) in order to attract foreign capital. Energy resources and energy safety The stable energy situation around the country provides the economic safety of the country, therefore Russia has the following interests in the Black Sea region: The consumption of energy resources by the Black sea region countries for their own purposes; The transportation of energy resources through the Black Sea region countries to further customers; The development of new and implementation of existing energy saving measures Thank you!