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The signing of the treaty on alliance and strategic partnership marks the culmination of the tactic Russia has been employing with regard to Abkhazia since May.
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.
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.