Kazakhstan Does Not Want to be on Wrong Side of New Iron Curtain

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko said his country would not want to be on the wrong side of a new “iron curtain” that Russia may seek to erect, as it seeks a balance between distancing itself from Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and not upsetting its northern ally.

Vassilenko also said companies exiting Russia due to the war in Ukraine could move their production to Kazakhstan.

“All companies with a good reputation that want to move their production here are welcome,” Vassilenko also said.

The series of Western sanctions have been shuttering businesses in Russia in response to pressure from consumers taking a stand against the invasion of Ukraine.

Vassilenko also noted that the government had no intention of returning to the political setup of the Cold War, and would go on with its planned reforms, including limiting the president’s powers.

Last month, the foreign ministry signaled its neutrality in the Ukraine conflict but said it does not recognize the two Russian-backed separatist entities in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said all countries must strictly adhere to the norms and principles of the United Nations charter.

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