Contents tagged with Kazakhstan

  • Kazakhstan raises the price for Russian oil transit to China

    Kazakhstan has increased the cost of oil transportation from Russian through Kazakhstan to China by a third, reported Tengrinews.kz with reference to the press service of the KazTransOil JSC.

    “By the order of the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan approved the cost of transportation of oil amounting to 10 million tons per year along the Russian border - the border of Kazakhstan (Priirtyshsk) – Atasu (Kazakhstan) - Alashankou (China) route. The transportation of one …

  • Putin extends restrictions on transit of Ukrainian goods to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin amended the decree from January 1, 2016 "On Measures to ensure economic security and national interests of Russia during the transit of goods from Ukraine to the Republic of Kazakhstan or the Kyrgyz Republic through the territory of the Russian Federation." He extended it for half a year, until July 1, 2019,  the Russia’s government website of legal information. 

    The decree entered into force on December 31, 2018. It stipulates that inter-country transportation …

  • Kazakhstan explains why Musk’s rockets are better than Russia’s

    The first two Kazakhstani scientific satellites will be launched using a Falcon-9 launch rocket developed by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, because this will be cheaper than launching using a Russian rocket, said Aset Nurkenov, spokesperson for the Kazakhstani Ministry of Defense and the Aerospace Industry, as quoted by Interfax. He noted that in future, Kazakhstan may launch “space apparatus of such a configuration” from its Baikonur Cosmodrome using Soyuz and Proton rockets.

    “This time we are …

  • Five countries sign convention on legal status of Caspian Sea

    The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan, the five countries bordering on the Caspian Sea, have signed a convention on the legal status of this sea which determines the general principles of its allocation, but does not contain specific data.

    The convention aims to resolve the disputes between these countries, which have been under discussion for more than two decades.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that resolving the legal status of the Caspian “will create …

  • President of Kazakhstan announces ‘historic decision’ on the Caspian Sea

    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said during the presentation of infrastructure of the Caspian port Kuryk that the adoption of the Convention on the Caspian Sea's Legal Status would be a historic decision. The Convention is expected to be signed at the summit which begins on August 12, Tengri News reports.

    Nazarbayev said, “Over the past 20 years, we have been conducting very difficult negotiations, coordinated our positions to resolve all issues of our joint work on the Caspian …

  • Putin extends ban on transit of goods from Ukraine to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin amended the decree of January 1, 2016 regarding measures to ensure the economic security and national interests of the Russian Federation in the implementation of international transport of goods from the territory of Ukraine to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan or the Kyrgyz Republic through the territory of the Russian Federation. Putin extended these measures for another six months, until January 1, 2019, as reported by the Russian government portal …

  • President of Kazakhstan: Trump proposed to move Donbas negotiations out of Minsk

    The President of the USA, Donald Trump, has proposed to move negotiations on the Donbas from Minsk to another place, as stated by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Interfax reports.

    “We were saying that Minsk-1 came to a standstill, reached a deadlock, and we need Minsk-2. He [Donald Trump] said, ‘Let’s do it elsewhere’ [holding negotiations]. I said, ‘Let’s do it’,” Nazarbayev said at a press conference in New York following the meeting of the UN Security Council.

    “Actually, …

  • Journalist arrested in Kyiv at Kazakhstan’s request

    Kazakh journalist Zhanara Akhmet has been arrested in Kyiv, her lawyer Vladislav Hryshchenko told Hromadske.

    According to her lawyer, the journalist and public figure was arrested because she was placed on the Interpol wanted list by the Kazakh government.

    Zhanara Akhmet and her 9 year-old son have been living in Kyiv for at least a year, and are applying for political asylum.

    “On October 21, the lights were turned off for about 18 hours in Zhanara Akhmet’s apartment. When she went out to …

  • Russia negotiating deployment of Kyrgyz and Kazakh contingents in Syria

    According to the head of the State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov , Moscow is negotiating with Astana and Bishkek on the deployment of troops from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in the de-escalation zones in Syria, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    Shamanov  sad that the Russian authorities are also in similar negotiations with Turkey.

    “Negotiations are under way now, and the question is being worked out to ensure that the Russian military police take part in keeping order in Syria, as well as …

  • Syrian opposition withdraws from negotiations on Syria

    Syrian opposition suspended its participation in the talks on Syria that are taking place in Astana, Interfax news agency reported citing an opposition representative.

    "We left the meeting because even as we sat down at the negotiating table, the hostilities in the vicinity of Homs and Daraa continued, and there was no clear agenda," said a member of the delegation, Osama Abu Zeid.

    He noted that the opposition delegation would not return to the negotiating table, "until the fighting stops and …