EU CENTRAL ASIA STRATEGY

Kazakhstan, Estonia interested in increased cooperation, says Estonia ambassador

ASTANA – Estonia, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence this year, has established friendly relations with Kazakhstan during 26 years of diplomatic relations. Bilateral cooperation, which has great potential, has not yet been fully explored, said Estonian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Heiti Maemees in an interview with The Astana Times.

Kazakhstan increases number of military personnel participating in UN missions abroad

Kazakh legislators recently approved the sending of dozens of military observers from Kazakhstan to join UN missions in the Middle East and Africa to fulfil international obligations in maintaining peace and security, Defence Minister Saken Zhasuzakov announced as he presented a relevant request from the head of state at the joint session of Kazakhstan’s Parliament.

How can Iran's involvement affect China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project?

By Fikret Dolukhanov

Beijing will fund most of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway, since one of the main goals for China is having a rail link to the Mingbulak oil field in Uzbekistan’s section of the Ferghana Valley that Chinese companies are helping to develop, Bruce Pannier, expert on Central Asia, told Trend.

Mingbulak was first developed in 1992, but abandoned after a massive oil spill. In 2010, it was scheduled to be developed by Uzbekneftegaz.