Kazakhstan tries to justify itself for admission of the USA to the Caspian SeaRelated materials

The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Russia asked to consider news of Russian media about the use by the US naval forces of Kazakhstan’s ports in the Caspian Sea “by groundless inventions from the category of fake news”. This was announced by the press service of the diplomatic department on April 26.

The press service of the Kazakh embassy cites the full text of the protocol on amending the bilateral agreement between the governments of Kazakhstan and the US “on ensuring the commercial rail transit of special cargo through the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan in connection with the participation of the United States of America in efforts to stabilize and restore the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”

Among the checkpoints through which special cargoes and accompanying personnel must pass, railway stations of Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are indicated.

The embassy believes that it is the efforts of the entire international community to “assist in the stabilization of Afghanistan.” The diplomats reminded that Russia also concluded a similar agreement.

It should be noted that in fact, since 2008 Russia has signed several acts permitting the transit by air and otherwise of cargo of countries participating in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF).

However, in May 2015, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree abolishing previously signed acts on transit permits. Currently, there is no transit either by the US or by the ISAF through the territory of the Russian Federation.

It is also worth noting that since 2014, a number of sanctions have been taken against Russia by Western countries, including the United States and the European Union countries, which radically undermined relations between Moscow and Washington, which makes it impossible to sign such agreements in the current circumstances. Moreover, a number of experts note that the fact of the US presence in the Caspian Sea does not correspond to the national interests of the Russian Federation.

Recall, the US troops entered Afghanistan in 2001. Washington believes that US military forces allegedly ensure the stability of the region. However, the activity of terrorist organizations on the territory of Afghanistan is only increasing. The volume of opium poppy production in the country is growing every year, as the UN reports say.

Moreover, according to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and Tajik special services, the number of terrorists in Afghanistan after the defeat of IGIL (an organization banned in the Russian Federation) in Syria and Iraq is only increasing.

Thus, the US is a factor in the destabilization of Afghanistan, which threatens both Russia and the countries of Central Asia, including Kazakhstan. On the destabilizing role of the United States in the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on March 14, 2018.

As reported REGNUM, On April 19, the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan ratified the protocol to the above agreement. According to the document, Kazakhstan’s ports in the Caspian Sea Aktau and Kuryk are included in the routes for the transit of special US cargo from Afghanistan.

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