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Kyrgyz president to mull co-op issues with some European counterparts

By Elena Kosolapova

President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev will discuss the bilateral cooperation issues with some of his European counterparts and EU institutions, the message from Kyrgyz presidency said. READ MORE

New strategic priorities and opportunities of investment and trade cooperation with Switzerland

The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Swiss Confederation in cooperation with the Delegation of German economy to Central Asia and the Joint Chamber of Commerce “Switzerland – CIS” with support of the ABB Group on March 18th, 2015 in Zurich organized a round table “Kazakhstan today: the new strategic priorities and opportunities for investment and trade cooperation with Switzerland”, Foreign Ministry informs. The event was attended by the representatives of the Swiss business circles, interested in expanding partnerships and entering new markets. READ MORE

Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia enhance railway sector cooperation

Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia agreed on opening the representative offices at each other’s railway companies. READ MORE

2015 to pose great challenge to EEU – Nazarbayev

2015 will pose big risks and challenges to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), believes President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. READ MORE

CSTO countries to hold joint military exercises in Russia and Armenia

Defense officials of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan discussed in Moscow the issues of preparing and holding the upcoming joint military exercises entitled “Unbreakable Brotherhood 2015 and “Cooperation 2015” in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). READ MORE

Views of China on Strategic Partnership with Russia

By Viktor Gavrilov

To the mind of western analysts China has experienced the evolution of views from ideological concerns regarding “capitalization” of Russia and its possible anti-China politics to revolutionary idealism, when the options for cooperation within Russian-Chinese relations were reevaluated. In particular, in connection with the “kinky” policy of Russia in relation to the oil line piping in the Far East region China noted that Russia distrusts its policy in strategy. Before the coming of Hu Jintau Chinese Government had eventually balanced its views on its national interests and the need to regulate its relations with Russia. READ MORE

Russia still struggling to connect with Asian markets

By Alexander Gabuev

Despite numerous statements declaring Russia’s “pivot to Asia,” the country still faces challenges connecting the goals of the government with the needs of foreign investors. READ MORE

Kazakhstan is doing much to solve the problem of food security in Central Asia and in the world – US Ambassador

Kazakhstan is doing much to solve the problem of food security in the Central Asian region and in the world, this has been said by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States in the Republic of Kazakhstan George A. Krol at a conference on food security in Astana. READ MORE

From a Greater Europe to a Greater Asia?

By Dmitri Trenin

A year ago, Russia’s foreign policy universe changed dramatically. After the overthrow in February 2014 of then Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych and the arrival of nationalist and pro-Western forces in power in Kiev, the Ukrainian crisis led to Russia’s confrontation with the US and its estrangement from Europe. By contrast, Moscow’s relations with Beijing have grown visibly closer since then, going way beyond the “marriage of convenience” model that some scholars once devised to describe them. If the current situation persists, the Sino-Russian entente may become a more salient feature of international relations.  READ MORE

Estonia Considering Shipping Goods Between Europe and China via Kazakhstan

By Michelle Witte

Estonia is the latest country to publicly mull using Kazakhstan’s transit infrastructure to ship goods between China and Europe. READ MORE

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