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The European Union and Kazakhstan are discussing measures to level the consequences of anti-Russian sanctions

The European Union and Kazakhstan are discussing measures to level the consequences of anti-Russian sanctions

According to the ministry, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Murat Nurtleu made a working visit to Brussels and held talks with high-ranking representatives of the European Union to discuss the current agenda of bilateral and multilateral cooperation and promising areas for its further development. In particular, Nurtleu met with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

“The interlocutors exchanged views on topical issues on the international agenda, including regional security, interaction in Central Asia and the situation in Afghanistan. The parties also discussed measures to offset the possible negative consequences of European sanctions regimes for the Kazakh economy,” the report says.

According to a press release, the diplomats reviewed a wide range of multifaceted relations between Astana and Brussels as part of an enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU.

“The regular nature and increased dynamics of political dialogue at the highest and high levels, a noticeable increase in economic cooperation and the volume of European investments were noted. The parties paid special attention to discussing practical steps to develop cooperation in the fields of energy, transport and logistics, digitalization, civil aviation, production and use critical raw materials,” the press service said.

Meanwhile, at a meeting with Chief Adviser to the President of the European Council for Foreign Policy Simon Mordu Nurtleu noted the productive visit of President Charles Michel to Astana in October 2022 and the success of his first meeting with the leaders of Central Asian countries. The interlocutors stressed that these events gave a powerful impetus to the further strengthening of bilateral and interregional cooperation.

According to the press release, the parties are working on preparing a second meeting in this format in the near future, which is designed to continue the process of deepening interregional cooperation between Central Asia and the EU.

During the visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan presented Borrell and Mord with the Dostyk (Friendship) orders of the first and second degrees, respectively, for their significant contribution to strengthening and developing cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU.