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EU-Kazakhstan relations strengthening, market opportunities growing

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Kazakhstan has gained strategic importance, especially since the beginning of Russia’s war in Ukraine. It's becoming a stronger partner for the EU in Central Asia and market opportunities for both regions are emerging.
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Evolving EU-Kazakhstan relations offer new agriculture market opportunities

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Kazakhstan is a growing market opportunity for European agricultural food and beverage exports, says Wojciechowski, underlining what he hails as the emerging importance of an evolving EU-Kazakh relationship.

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Wojciechowski visits Kazakhstan, highlights favourable conditions for EU investors

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A delegation of 39 agri-food businesses and organisations from across the EU, led by Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, offered Kazakhstan a taste of EU quality in a bid to expand Europe's presence in Central Asian markets.

Global Europe 28-05-2024

Russia to build Central Asia’s first nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan

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Russia will build a small nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan, the first such project in post-Soviet Central Asia, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said on Monday (27 May) at a meeting with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Kazakhstan’s democracy, human rights progress welcomed by United States

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The United States has reaffirmed its support to Kazakhstan for advancing human rights and democratic reforms, arguing that these domains are integral to what the US calls a vibrant new Kazakhstan.


Europe’s strategic autonomy rests on the ‘Middle Corridor’ 

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There’s one trading area and corridor’ that fulfils many of the prerequisites for a Europe able to stand on its own feet, economically and in terms of geostrategy - the Middle Corridor going all the way from the Balkans to Central Asia, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

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Ambitious EU seeks to improve Middle Corridor trade route, secure position in Central Asia

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Despite growing interest in the European Union for the advancement of the Middle Corridor, the bloc has much more to do in developing this trade route and securing its position in Central Asia.

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Azerbaijan and Armenia to negotiate peace in symbolic return to Kazakh capital Almaty

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Azerbaijan and Armenia’s foreign ministers plan to meet in Almaty sparking fresh hopes for a peace treaty between the two adversaries and a reset in relations with the European Union.

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Cameron urges stronger ties with Kazakhstan on Central Asia tour

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David Cameron was the first British prime minister to visit Kazakhstan. That was 11 years ago, now reincarnated as the UK’s foreign secretary, Cameron has urged stronger ties between the two nations during his Astana pit-stop.

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Kazakhstan president enacts new laws protecting women and children

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Kazakhstan will guarantee better protection of women’s rights and children’s safety. Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has endorsed significant amendments to new laws envisaging harsh penalties for perpetrators of abuse.


In China, Kazakh President highlights Asia’s leading economic role

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The President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev highlighted Asia’s leading role in new development paradigms at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in the Chinese island of Hainan on Thursday (28 March).


Kazakhstan reacts following Russian statements targeting NGOs

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Kazakhstan reacted on Thursday (29 February) after accusations from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who said that NGOs in Central Asia were allegedly engaged in “anti-Russian activities.”


German think tank ranks Kazakhstan as ‘world middle power’

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Kazakhstan, a landlocked country in Central Asia with a population of 20 million, has been ranked for the first time as a “middle power” by a German think tank specialised in international relations and security studies, on a par with G20 powers such as India, Turkey, or Brazil.


Kazakhstan offers port, airport management to EU investors

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Kazakhstan on Monday (29 January) offered its Caspian Sea ports of Aktau and Kuryk, as well as 22 airports to European investors for management, with the aim of building a strong transit hub between Asia and Europe.


Kazakhstan and EU should seek new opportunities for a stronger partnership

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Aidos Sarym, a member of the Kazakhstan parliament, analyses the recently adopted European Parliament resolution “EU Strategy on Central Asia: New Opportunities for a Stronger Partnership”.


Schinas tours Central Asia in preparation for Brussels transport forum

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Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas is about to complete a tour of the five Central Asian countries in advance of an ‘Investors Forum for EU-Central Asia Transport Infrastructure’, to be held in Brussels on 29-30 January.


Kazakhstan: Reform under darkening skies

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put Kazakhstan in an extremely difficult position when it comes to advancing with its reforms, but President Tokayev made the choice to continue – and deepen – the country’s modernisation, writes Svante E. Cornell.


‘Let us be a lesson’, say Kazakhs wary of return to nuclear testing

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As Russia warns of the rising risk of nuclear war, and relations with the US sink into a deep freeze, communities close to the vast Soviet-era nuclear testing site in Kazakhstan have a message: "Let us be a lesson."


EU, Kazakhstan vow to ‘go beyond’ raw materials-based relationship 

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While the economic exchange of critical raw materials between the EU and Kazakhstan is mutually beneficial, both actors agreed on the need to go beyond this relationship in order to strengthen it in the future. As part of the EU Raw …


Kazakhstan’s transport strategy advances in cooperation with global partners

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Since its independence, Kazakhstan has made great efforts to develop its transport and transit potential and modernise transport corridors, having allocated over the past 15 years over $35 billion for these purposes, writes Marat Karabayev.

Global Europe 10-11-2023

Putin talks wheat, fertiliser and logistics in Kazakhstan

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the development of wheat and fertiliser cargo transport routes in Asia during a visit to Kazakhstan on Thursday (9 November), as Moscow seeks to forge new export routes due to Western sanctions.


Putin, Erdoğan and Raisi make visits in Central Asia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Kazakhstan on Thursday (9 November), while Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi are expected in Uzbekistan, amid renewed diplomatic interest in the region.


Kazakhstan addresses the climate change challenge

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As the largest nation in Central Asia, Kazakhstan has not been spared the effects of climate change, prompting the country to make plans to rapidly address environmental issues and move away from cheap fossil fuels.

Kazakhstan ready to transport eastward more Russian gas, oil 

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Kazakhstan is ready to transport more Russian oil and gas, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the Russian daily Izvestia in remarks published early on Wednesday (8 November), a day before President Vladimir Putin was set to visit his country.