In his interview to Euractiv, the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan Timur Suleimenov stated that Kazakhstan respected the territorial integrity of Ukraine, did not recognize Crimea as part of Russia and had no intention to assist Russia in avoiding Western sanctions.
“Kazakhstan will not be a tool to circumvent the sanctions on Russia by the US and the EU. We are going to abide by the sanctions… We will continue to invest in Russia and attract investment for Russia: there is no way for our economy to do it differently. But we will do our best to control the sanctioned goods. We will do our best to control any investment from a sanctioned person or entity in Kazakhstan,” he stated.
Earlier we reported on the publication of the project of foreign policy program of the Independent Bashkortostan, which included potential allies and states for Bashkirs to establish friendly relations with. Among them, Turkey and Kazakhstan were selected as key allies of independent Bashkortostan.