The President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Amat, which took office after the resignation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and early elections, made a surprise nod to the address of its Northern neighbor — Russia.
In interview to the program “Nemtsov. An interview,” he refused to use the word annexation in relation to the Russian aggression on the Ukrainian Peninsula.
“We don’t call what happened in Crimea annexation. What happened, happened. Annexation is a too heavy word in relation to the Crimea”, — he said.
Tokayev also stressed that Astana to Moscow at this time was to establish “brand trust and good neighborly relations”.
“Initially, we believed in the wisdom and decency of the Russian leadership,” he said.
This, he said, applies to the settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict in the Donbass in the “Minsk format”.
“The Minsk agreement, in fact, are the only legal document that can lead ultimately to the settlement of the so-called Ukrainian conflict,” — said the President of Kazakhstan.
We will remind, earlier the President Zelensky talking about the possibility of new arrangements about the format of the peace settlement in the Donbass after talks “Norman Quartet.”