China Believes Kazakhstan Is Drifting Further Away from Russia

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.21 - 2024 10:50 PM CET

Photo: Frederic Legrand - COMEO /
Photo: Frederic Legrand - COMEO /
The Kremlin's concerns about Kazakhstan are beginning to materialize, according to Chinese journalists.

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Kazakhstan is an extremely important country for Russia. The Russian Federation shares not only historical and cultural roots with it but also numerous economic projects.

According to Chinese journalists, Kazakhstan has recently been demonstrating suspicious activity that are worrying Russia, as reported by the Baijiahao publication.

"Putin's fears are coming true," said the authors of the Chinese publication according to AB News.

Baijiahao observers noted that there has been an increase in contacts between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The presidents not only meet with each other regularly but also make calls. They spoke just a few days ago.

Against this backdrop, it might seem that the leaders of the two countries have a good relationship and strive to maintain it as often as possible. However, China believes that the situation is somewhat more complicated.

"Frequent contacts between Putin and the leader of Kazakhstan show that Russia has noticed changes in its neighbor," analysts from Sohu expressed their opinion.

In China, it was noted that Kazakhstan is increasingly distancing itself from Russia, and Putin has taken note of this. The latest news from Astana hardly seems pleasing to Moscow.

According to the Chinese publication, it was revealed that, at the invitation of the American side, the Kazakh Foreign Minister, Murat Nurtleu, will visit the USA, where he will hold talks with several high-ranking officials. On his way back, he will make a two-day visit to China.

Journalists from Sohu find it quite strange that there is no trip to Russia planned in the Kazakh minister's schedule. Equally curious was an incident during one of Putin's last visits to Kazakhstan. At an official event, Tokayev unexpectedly began speaking in Kazakh, whereas he usually communicates with his Russian colleagues in Russian. At that moment, the Russian delegation had to hastily put on headphones for the translation into Russian.

"All this indicates that Kazakhstan is on the path to derussification," it is believed in China.

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