The press secretary of Russian President Putin, Dmitry Peskov, in an interview with the program “Moscow. Kremlin.Putin” on the channel Russia 1 announced that the former president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, had a telephone conversation with Putin a few hours before his official resignation.
“Nursultan Abishevich called himself. Actually, they often call each other up as needed. It has always been like this in recent years. He called a couple of hours before the announcement,” Peskov said.
Peskov noted that the communication between Putin and the new leadership of Kazakhstan is expected in the near future. The press secretary stressed that Kazakhstan is a very important partner of Russia.
On March 19, the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, announced his resignation in a televised address to the nation. He ruled the country for 30 years. Currently, Nazarbayev is the head of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, responsible for national security, to which all security agencies are subordinate. In addition, the former president is the leader of the ruling Nur Otan party. In accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev’s longtime associate, Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, became acting president. Presidential elections are scheduled for 2020.