Tokayev does not believe in the war: the Kazakh president will break away from Putin

Tokayev does not believe in war
The Kazakh president breaks away from Putin

He is actually an honorary guest on Putin’s podium in St. Petersburg. But the Kazakh president is audibly distancing himself from the Russian president. Tokaev does not accept his war rhetoric, nor does the West see the economy as complete.

Kazakhstan will not recognize the eastern Ukrainian separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states. This was said by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. The UN right to self-determination is at odds with the right of states to territorial integrity. Therefore, they do not recognize Taiwan, Kosovo, Abkhazia or South Ossetia. “And of course, this principle also applies to quasi-state areas like Donetsk and Luhansk.” Tokaev thus stood in clear contrast to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose guest of honor sat on the podium in St. Petersburg. Russia has recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic and cites their defense as one of the reasons for the war against Ukraine.

Although Kazakhstan is a close ally of Moscow, Tokyev did not fully support the Ukrainian war. “There are different views, we are an open society,” he said. Here, too, he referred to the right of states to integrity. The president of the oil-rich country also assessed the global economic situation differently from Putin, who saw the end of Western domination. There is a crisis, Tokyo said, according to Russian agencies. “But at the same time, you have to realize that the United States and the West are generally in a solid position when it comes to economic development.”

Putin sent military aid when mass protests against Tokayev’s authoritarian government erupted in Kazakhstan in January. The protest collapsed. Tokaev now complained that young, educated people were leaving Russia and Kazakhstan. “They are contributing to the progress of other countries. I think that is our failure.”

Putin sees the West as an aggressor

In his previous speech, Putin justified the war against Ukraine, which lasted almost four months, as no alternative. “In the current situation, against the background of increasing risks and threats to us, Russia’s decision to conduct a special military operation was forced and necessary,” Putin said in St. Petersburg. The West had previously “literally pumped up Ukraine with its weapons and its military advisers,” the Kremlin chief said.

Putin has accused US and EU economic policies of global inflation. “What is happening now is not the result of the last few months, and certainly not the result of Russia’s military special operation in Donbas,” Putin said. The reason for the increase is “systematic mistakes in the economic policy of the current US government and European bureaucracy.”

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