Kazakh president sees no reason to be pessimistic about relations with Moscow

Relations between Kazakhstan and Russia, according to the Kazakh President, are better than ever, with no reason to worry about them.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 (President of Kazakhstan’s Press Service via AP)

There is no reason to be pessimistic about the future of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday from Sochi, where he is on a working trip.

“In general, there is every reason to be satisfied with the development of our cooperation. I agree with you in this regard, we are united by a common border – the longest land border in the world, […] a completely demarcated border,” Tokayev said.

Therefore, he explained during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, “there is no reason to make pessimistic forecasts about the future of our cooperation”.

The Kazakh President stressed that he counts on President Putin’s participation in the next CIS summit.

“This year, Kazakhstan is chairing the CIS, in October there will be a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States, we are counting a lot on your personal participation,” he told his Russian counterpart.

“Russia plays an important role in the CIS, indeed it is one of the priority areas of our mutual cooperation in the international format,” he added.

Furthermore, he shed light on the cooperation within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), saying, “Our ministries and departments and the intergovernmental commission are actively working. The ministries of foreign affairs and defense are jointly preparing various events, including joint exercises within the framework of the CSTO, etc.

The armed forces of Algeria, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Pakistan will participate in the joint exercises of the Southern Military District in 2022, which will be held with the Russian armed forces in Algeria.

The first Russian-Algerian exercises took place in North Ossetia in October 2021, in which 200 military personnel participated in addition to 40 combat units and special equipment involved.

The assertion of Nur-Sultan’s cooperation with Russia comes after the Kazakh Finance Ministry unveiled draft regulations in July to track the movement of goods from Kazakhstan to Russia. This comes with the possibility of the country banning the export of goods banned by the country of origin from being delivered to Russia, according to an official document published online.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded briefly, saying that Russia and Kazakhstan are friendly countries that are in constant contact and that no decision has yet been made by Kazakhstan to support sanctions. against Moscow.

The Kazakh Finance Ministry has previously established rules to account for the movement of goods exported to Russia while raising the possibility that it refuses to allow the export of sanctioned goods.

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