Articles by Danna Bupezhanova

Incumbent President Nazarbayev Accepts Party Nomination, Presents Policy Priorities

ASTANA – Incumbent Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on March 11 accepted the Nur Otan party’s nomination to be the party’s candidate in the April 26 early presidential election and laid out his policy priorities for another term. “Thank you all for your appreciation of my work for the benefit of Kazakhstan and its people. There…

Kazakhstan Committed to Free and Fair Presidential Election, Says FM Idrissov

ASTANA – Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov briefed the heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in the country on Feb. 27 on the upcoming presidential election stressing the country’s commitment to conducting a free and fair election. “We are talking about the growing pressure from economic challenges such as the decline in oil prices,…

Almaty Begins 2015 as Capital of Islamic Culture

Almaty’s year as the capital of Islamic culture began on Feb. 24 with an international conference, the Almaty mayor’s office said on its official website. Opening the conference, Akim (Mayor) Akhmetzhan Yessimov stressed the significance of the event and read out a congratulatory telegramme on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. “It is symbolic that Almaty…

Kazakh, Hungarian Cooperation Increases during Hungarian FM’s First Visit

ASTANA – Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártófollowed their Feb. 19 meeting by signing a working plan between the foreign ministries for 2015-16. “Kazakhstan is our strategic partner in Central Asia. Hungary continues to aim to develop cooperation with Kazakhstan,” said the Hungarian minister during his…

Nazarbayev Calls for Peace in Ukraine, Stronger UN and New Pan-Eurasian Security Treaty

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev urged separating Islam from terrorism, restoring peace in Ukraine, strengthening the United Nations and adopting a new pan-Eurasian treaty akin to the famous 1975 Helsinki Act which led to the establishment of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Kazakh leader delivered this and other messages in…

Early Election Won’t Affect Kazakhstan’s Image Abroad, FM Says

ASTANA – An early presidential election, if it is to take place, will not affect the international image of Kazakhstan, the country’s foreign minister said. Talking to reporters in the Mazhilis (the lower chamber of Parliament) of Kazakhstan on Feb. 16, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov threw his personal support behind the idea first broached on…

FM Idrissov Evaluates Kazakh Foreign Policy During Time of ‘Radical Change’

ASTANA – Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov presented a report regarding implementing Kazakhstan’s Concept of Foreign Policy for 2014-2020 during the Feb.16 Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) government hour. During the session that actually lasted slightly more than two hours, Idrissov emphasised that recent world events indicated “a radical change in the geopolitical environment and the…

Leaders of Eurasian Economic Union Countries Discuss Increasing Cooperation, Adding Kyrgyzstan in Moscow

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov attended the first meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) intergovernmental council, held Feb. 6 in Moscow. The prime ministers of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, Belarus Andrei Kobyakov, Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan and Kyrgyzstan Djoomart Otorbayev also attended the meeting. During the meeting, the parties discussed a wide range of…

Astana Hosts Marathon Dedicated to 550th Anniversary of Kazakh Khanate

ASTANA – A flash-mob marathon celebrating the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate was organised Jan. 31 by the Astana Akimat (city administration) and the Kazakhstan Amateur Triathlon Federation, reported the Astana Akimat press service. “The capital was the first city to host an event dedicated to this date. During the year, we will carry…

Steppe Eagle – 2015 Multinational Peacekeeping Exercises to be Held in April and June

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Defence announced Jan. 31 that the multinational military peacekeeping exercises Steppe Eagle – 2015 will be held in April and June and are expected to include the participation of troops from the United States. The April exercises will involve the Kazbat peacekeeping battalion operating within a multinational force under…