Kazakhstan suspends arms exports for a year
Kazakhstan, which has close economic ties with Russia, is trying to strike a balance between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and China amid fears that Moscow’s geopolitical ambitions could reach far beyond Ukraine.
Kazakh authorities said the country suspended all arms exports for a year, without giving the reason for the decision.
Corresponding radio freedompresident Kassym-Jomart Tokayev recently expressed concern that Kazakh weapons could find their way into regional military conflicts amid Russia’s war against Ukraine.
It notes that the leadership of Kazakhstan, which has close economic ties with Russia, is attempting to strike a balance between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and China amid fears that Moscow’s geopolitical ambitions will spread well beyond Ukraine could.
After the start of full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine in late February, Kazakhstan did not officially offer full support to either Moscow or Kyiv.
Kazakhstan produces a wide range of military equipment, including boats, armored vehicles, machine guns, grenades, torpedoes and protective gear. What was exported in the past is not known.
Last month, Tokayev signed a decree allocating an additional 441 billion tenge ($939.5 million) to support the country’s defense sector, increasing total spending by almost 1.5 times last year’s budget of 1.7 billion US dollars were increased.
Kazakhstan is strengthening its defense capability amid fears of war with Russia. In addition, Nur-Sultan is reconsidering Russia’s position in its foreign policy and establishing ties with countries such as the United States, Turkey and China.
At the same time, according to NSDC secretary Aleksey Danilov, Russia will not stop with its aggressive ambitions in Ukraine. Other countries should already be preparing for Putin’s impending attack.