President Tokayev gives interview to Russian newspaper Izvestia
Constructiveness and focus on a mutually acceptable result are important features of the Kazakh-Russian dialogue, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in an interview with the Russian daily newspaper Izvestia. The Head of State noted that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Good-Neighborliness and Alliance in the 21st Century. The document plays a very symbolic role, as it emphasizes the aspiration of bilateral relations for the future. Tokayev also outlined the agenda of the upcoming meeting with the Russian President in Astana. The leaders will discuss political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.
“We will consider aspects of interaction within international organizations and integration associations, and exchange views on the current state and prospects for the development of the international situation. A separate point on the agenda will be Kazakhstan’s participation in the 19th Interregional Cooperation Forum. This is a unique and very effective format that helps to fortify horizontal ties between the regions and entrepreneurs of the two countries. This year, the forum is held in Kostanai city, with a theme centered around cooperation in agriculture. I am confident that the forum, as well as the forthcoming visit of the Russian President to Kazakhstan, will be successful and fruitful,” Tokayev said.
According to the Kazakh President, the modern world will regain its equilibrium through strict adherence to the norms of international law. In general, achieving long-term sustainable peace requires the fulfillment of two conditions, namely a readiness for mutual concessions and a firm commitment to international law. The latter point is one of the key aspects of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.
“I firmly believe that any contradictions must be resolved in accordance with the norms and principles of the UN Charter. This document was adopted by the global community after the deadliest war in human history. Unified and unambiguously interpreted rules were established in the international arena to prevent such tragedies from recurring. It was a remarkable triumph for the principles of humanism and benevolence. There is still no better recipe for overcoming conflicts in the world,” the President added.