Kazakhstan’s new President, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, who studied (at the State Institute for International Relations) in Moscow, is likely to be committed to further strengthening relations with the Russian Federation. This is what Russian President Vladimir Putin told in an interview to the Mir TV. According to him, Moscow has every reason to believe that the new Kazakh leader would continue the policy for establishing good-neighborly relationship between the two countries.
“First, President Tokayev studied (at the State Institute for International Relations of the Soviet Union) in Moscow, he knows Russia (very) well. And I have every reason to believe that he is the man who would certainly continue along the path, charted by the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and aimed at further strengthening the country’s relations with Russia, promoting relationship between our two genuinely allied countries across all sectors: in industry and in agriculture, as well as in such knowledge-intensive sectors like space industry”, Putin said in an interview to the Mir TV.
“We very much hope everything that we have planned will be accomplished. I have no reason to expect there might be some kind of failure in there”, Putin added.
In his view, as bilateral trade between the two countries grows, conditions for diversification and expansion of linkages and opportunities for cooperation between our two countries would just improve.
Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, now the newly elected President of Kazakhstan, spoke earlier about Vladimir Putin, the longtime leader of Russia. He rendered his opinion on the President of the Russian Federation in an interview to the Russia TV (Russia-1).
“I first met Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin in Kiev. I had been sent there to attend the inauguration of President Kuchma (Leonid Danylovych Kuchma is a Ukrainian politician who was the second President of independent Ukraine), and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin had just been appointed prime minister and chairman of the government of the Russian Federation”, the head of our state said.
Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev recalled that he had had the opportunity to talk to Putin for a few minutes during the inauguration of the Ukrainian president.
“He (Vladimir Putin) greatly impressed me with his somewhat calm thoroughness even then. Our follow-up meeting took place when he had already become Acting President of the Russian Federation, and since then our contacts have, of course, not been interrupted”, the new Kazakh leader noted.
In his opinion, factors of interpersonal relationship are playing a greater role (in international relations) even when there are already good working relations between states.
“I think that I would have the opportunity to communicate with the leadership of Russia, particularly, of course, with Vladimir Putin, for whom I have great respect”, he said.
It is worth mentioning that Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev made his first foreign visit as President of Kazakhstan to Russia. The trip to Moscow took place on April 3-4, 2019. Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev then noted that his first official visit had a deep symbolic meaning and underlined the special status of relations between the two countries.
Early presidential elections were held in Kazakhstan on 9 June 2019 following the resignation of long-term President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Seven candidates were registered to participate in the elections, including incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who had assumed the presidency three months before the elections following the resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev. He was subsequently re-elected with almost 71% of the vote. His closest challenger, Amirjan Qosanov of the Ult Tagdyry party, received 16%.
On June 12, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took the oath of office during an inaugural ceremony at the Palace of Independence in the capital, Nur-Sultan.
Kazakhstan’s new president is fluent in Kazakh, Russian, English and Chinese. He has served as Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, and as a personal representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Conference on Disarmament, among other positions.