Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

President Tokayev Addresses Supreme Eurasian Economic Council

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in a virtual format on 27 May emphasizing the need for greater cooperation amid rising global and regional challenges, reports the presidential press service.    He commended the efforts of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries to ensure macroeconomic stability and growth dynamics. …

President Tokayev Visits Bishkek to Intensify Trade and Investments, Foster Cooperation in Water and Energy

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan on May 26. He met with Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov and focused on strengthening political dialogue, intensifying trade and investments, and discussing joint efforts in the water and energy sector, reports his press service. The two countries will mark 30 years since the establishment…

President Tokayev Addresses Roundtable at World Economic Forum, Focuses on Most Urgent Challenges

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made a video address to a roundtable organized by the Astana International Financial Centre on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland from May 22 to May 26, reports the presidential press service. Usually held in January, but postponed until May after a surge…

Afghanistan Could Have Been Window of Opportunity for Central Asia, Says KazISS Director

NUR-SULTAN – Afghanistan could have been a window of opportunity for Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies Director Yerkin Tukumov explained in an interview with the Zakon.kz news agency, stressing the looming humanitarian crisis in the country.   “All of Central Asia is landlocked – countries that do not have direct access to the…

Kazakh Foreign Minister, U.S. State Secretary Meet in Washington D.C., Discuss Robust Bilateral Ties 

NUR-SULTAN – Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi met with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on May 20 as part of his two-day visit to Washington D.C. for bilateral talks to discuss cooperation between Kazakhstan and the US, reports the ministry’s press service.  Tileuberdi said Kazakhstan would…

76.4 Percent of Kazakh Citizens Eligible to Vote Support Constitutional Amendments Put on Referendum, Opinion Poll Shows

NUR-SULTAN –  76.4 percent of Kazakh citizens eligible to vote support the constitutional amendments put on the referendum,  said the experts during a roundtable on Friday titled Referendum: Constitutional Rights of Citizens organized by the Kazakh Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) to discuss the upcoming national referendum and the rights of the country’s citizens, reports…

Brussels Hosts Central Asia – EU High-Level Security and Policy Dialogue 

NUR-SULTAN – Brussels hosted the ninth high-level political and security dialogue between the countries of Central Asia and the European Union on May 17 in an effort to advance political dialogue and strengthen security cooperation amidst the ongoing geopolitical changes in the region. Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roman Vassilenko led the Kazakh delegation. …

Nearly 11.8 Million People Eligible to Vote in Constitutional Referendum, Says Preliminary Data

NUR-SULTAN – Less than three weeks are left before Kazakhstan will have a national referendum where citizens will vote on the amendments to 33 articles of the Constitution. According to the preliminary data collected by the Central Referendum Commission, lists of citizens with the right to participate in the referendum include 11,722,536 citizens out of…

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Keen on Expanding Trade and Industry Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan plan to increase trade and economic cooperation and expand joint projects in industry, transport, agriculture, education, water, and energy sectors. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov both agreed to new terms following their May 16 talks.  “Uzbekistan is a brotherly neighboring state, a…

CSTO Should Be Included in UN Peacekeeping Activities, Says President Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN – The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) troops should be involved in the United Nations peacekeeping mission, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as he addressed the anniversary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council on Monday. The meeting in Moscow is timed with the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty and…