Tokayev: Kazakhstan is not “anti-Russia”, but is forced to take into account sanctions restrictions

Astana. September 29. KazTAG – Kazakhstan is not “anti-Russia”, but is forced to take into account sanctions restrictions, said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan, answering a question from Kazinform.
“Kazakhstan is not “anti-Russia”; we firmly adhere to the course of comprehensive cooperation with Russia, with this country we are united by the longest border in the world,” Tokayev said.
The head of state was asked the question: “Some Russian media and political figures criticize your statements at a press conference in Berlin during an official visit to Germany. They claim that Kazakhstan is moving away from cooperation with Russia and is flirting with the West. What can you say about such accusations?
“As I said at that press conference, we have a long tradition of cooperation in various areas, including trade and humanitarian ties. As for sanctions, at the recent session of the UN General Assembly and in other speeches, I noted that the sanctions confrontation is absolutely counterproductive from the point of view of improving international relations, which have been eroded as a result of the aggravation of the global situation. I would like to emphasize that Kazakhstan does not have goods subject to sanctions restrictions and, therefore, does not trade them. Kazakhstan is not involved in the so-called parallel imports to Russia,” he said.
As for trade in traditional goods, it has been growing, in 2022 the volume of Kazakh-Russian trade reached $25 billion.

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