According to Mukhtar Tleuberdi, foreign minister of Kazakhstan, the country does not recognize the independence of the so-called People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk.
At the same time, the official noted that Kazakhstan has no intention to join the set of sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States against Russia.
“There are two key points for us. First, we want these sanctions to not affect the development of our national economy. Second, we want our territory to not be used as a tool to bypass these sanctions,” he said.
Tleuberdi has also confirmed that the position of Timur Suleimenov, head of the president’s office is the official position of Kazakhstan.
Last week, Timur Suleimenov told Euractive that Kazakhstan won’t be a tool to bypass anti-Russian sanctions by the U.S. and the EU. “Even though we are part of the economic union with Russia, Belarus and other countries, we are part of the international community as well. Therefore, the last thing we want to see is secondary sanctions by the U.S. and the E.U.,” he said.