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The end of the Western military presence in Central Asia will mean the West’s influence on the security sphere in the region will be marginalised.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Ukraine have created a new context for Kazakhstan’s foreign and domestic policy.
The undisguised purpose of appointment of a new Prime Minister is to strengthen the government, both against internal and external challenges.
Since the collapse of the USSR, Russian influence in Central Asia has undergone a far-reaching erosion. The process is unlikely to be reversed.
The continuing conflict in Ukraine has raised concerns among Russia’s key partners in the CIS area.
The Russian investments in Kyrgyzstan show that Russia is ready to strengthen its presence in Central Asia by using economic tools also.
Kazakhstan will receive free of charge the armament for five divisions with S-300PS anti-missile and anti-ballistic air defence systems.
The latest clashes represent the largest border incident in the region for years, but the same problem is chronic throughout the Fergana Valley.