Central Asia

25-01-2022

Mysterious power blackout hits Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

The central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan suffered electrical power outages in major cities on Tuesday (25 January), according to authorities and residents, after a major power line in Kazakhstan was disconnected.
20-01-2022

Fallout from Kazakh unrest must not undermine decades of progress

It is crucial that after the unrest, president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev now prioritize the safeguarding of the country’s reputation as a stable country, responsible international partner, and attractive investment destination, writes Matthew Bryza.
19-01-2022

Kazakhstan security forces on high alert in Almaty amid calls for fresh protests

Security forces blocked several downtown streets and cordoned off one of the squares in Kazakhstan's biggest city Almaty on Wednesday (19 January) as an opposition group planned to stage protests, a Reuters correspondent reported from the scene.
18-01-2022

Kazakh FM: We had no choice but to call the Russian troops

Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi said on Tuesday (18 January) the situation in his country was normalising, following the unrest that shook it in the first days of the new year, and Russian troops, which he said helped prevent a possible coup d'etat, were withdrawing.
13-01-2022

Russia-led bloc starts pulling troops out of Kazakhstan

A Russia-led military bloc began pulling its troops out of Kazakhstan on Thursday (13 January) after a week-long deployment during the worst bout of unrest in the Central Asian nation's post-Soviet history.
12-01-2022

Insider’s account: The Kazakhstan unrest

A trusted EURACTIV source in Almaty gave a rare first-hand account of the Kazakhstan unrest that shook up the Central Asian country in the first days of 2022.
12-01-2022

Kazakh president fires rare criticism at predecessor after unrest

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev issued rare criticism of his long-ruling predecessor Tuesday (11 January), and said he expected Russian-led forces to leave the troubled Central Asian country in the next 10 days.
11-01-2022

Russia-led troops to start leaving Kazakhstan

A Russia-led military bloc will begin withdrawing its troops from Kazakhstan in two days' time after fulfilling its main mission of stabilising the Central Asian country after serious unrest, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Tuesday (11 January).
10-01-2022

The Brief – ‘Business as usual’ with Kazakhstan?

The new year started with unrest in Kazakhstan, which will likely impact the wider picture of world geopolitics.
10-01-2022

EU ministers to consider measures over Kazakh crackdown

EU foreign ministers will this week discuss possible measures to respond to the crackdown against anti-government protests in Kazakhstan over the past week, a French minister said on Sunday (9 January).
07-01-2022

Kazakh president says gave order to ‘open fire with lethal force’ amid continued unrest

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said he has personally ordered security forces to “open fire with lethal force” against protestors amid a violent uprising currently gripping the Central-Asian country.
06-01-2022

Europe voices concern over unrest in Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan declared a nationwide state of emergency and promised a tough crackdown on Wednesday (5 January) as mass unrest plunged the country into chaos.
05-01-2022

Kazakh president removes ex-leader Nazarbayev from post amid unrest

Kazakhstan's president stripped his powerful predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev of a role as head of the country's security council on Wednesday (5 December) after demonstrators stormed and torched public buildings in the republic's worst unrest for more than a decade.
05-01-2022

Kazakhstan government resigns after violent protests over fuel price

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the government's resignation on Wednesday (5 January), his office said, after a fuel price increase in the oil-rich Central Asian country triggered protests in which nearly 100 police were injured.
28-12-2021

Kazakhstan to maintain ties, avoid humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan

The minister of trade of Kazakhstan, Bakhyt Sultanov, visited Kabul over the weekend, this being the second such high-level visit recently, after Erzhan Kazykhan, the special representative of Kazakhstan's president, also called held talks with the Taliban.
22-12-2021

Kazakhstan ambassador: 2021 has been a ‘special year’ in Kazakh-EU relations

In an exclusive interview, Margulan Baimukhan, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the EU, discussed tensions between major geopolitical players, Central Asian cooperation, and his country's traditions in promoting international understanding.
EU-India 21-12-2021

India woos Central Asian countries in geopolitical race for influence

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries in New Delhi on Monday (20 December) in what appears to be an effort to compete with the influence of other geopolitical players in the region: Russia, China, and Pakistan.
01-12-2021

Kazakhstan plans to model new ETS on EU’s scheme, say lawmakers

Kazakhstan plans to align its revamped carbon emissions trading scheme closely with the EU’s as part of its domestic green transition plans, its lawmakers said at a conference hosted by EURACTIV.
26-11-2021

Kazakhstan president visits Brussels in effort to deepen relations

The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, paid a rare official visit to Belgium on Thursday and Friday (25-26 November) in an effort to present his country as a reliable partner to the EU and open the door to new opportunities.
24-11-2021

Central Asia will not be involved in human trafficking to Belarus, Borrell says

The reach out by the EU in Central Asia on preventing human trafficking into Belarus has been 'fruitful' in the region, EU officials told reporters in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Wednesday (24 November).
23-11-2021

Afghanistan looms large at EU-Central Asia talks in Dushanbe

EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen on Monday (22 November) asked Afghanistan's neighbours to prevent human trafficking as they met their Central Asian counterparts in the Tajik capital. EURACTIV reports from Dushanbe.
17-11-2021

Trade Minister of Kazakhstan: As WTO chair, we will push for consensus on reform

In an exclusive interview, the Minister of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan Bakhyt Sultanov discussed the upcoming WTO ministerial under the chairmanship of his country, EU-Kazakhstan economic relation, and carbon border tax.
05-11-2021

Kazakhstan will stop using coal from 2050

Kazakhstan aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, which means expanding the share of renewables to 83% and halting heat generation from coal after 2050, Serikkali Brekeshev told EURACTIV in an interview.
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02-11-2021

Meta and Kazakhstan spar over Facebook control

Facebook owner Meta Platforms and the government of Kazakhstan issued contradictory statements on Tuesday (2 November) after the Kazakh government announced that it had been granted exclusive access to the social network's content reporting system.