Free markets, regional cooperation... All good reasons, perhaps, for regional post-Soviet organizations. But the ultimate reason for organizations such as GUUAM and the EEC is oil. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.