A country without enemies is preparing for presidential elections

A country without enemies is preparing for presidential elections

Vestnik Kavkaza


Kazakhstan has completed the registration of candidates for the presidency. The CEC registered only three candidates to participate in the early presidential elections to be held on April 26: incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, nominated by the party Nur Otan, the candidate of the Communist People's Party Turgun Syzdykov and chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions Abelgazi Kusainov. According to some experts, the elections are more focused on Western countries that do not want to cooperate with states, the legitimacy of which seems suspicious to them. Fair elections for the Kazakh leadership will be a "fuse" for such situations, although now no one doubts the victory of Nazarbayev.

The director of the Research Center (University) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Kazantsev, is sure that "Kazakhstan has no enemies": "Kazakhstani policy is built in a way to make friends with everyone, but the neighbors of Kazakhstan - Russia and China - are in a privileged position. Kazakhstan's policy is designed not to make enemies of anyone."


Meanwhile, according to Kazantsev, "conducting a multi-vector policy is quite difficult in a situation where there are amplified geopolitical contradictions between the major international players. In particular, between Russia and the United States, Russia and the European Union, China and the United States. In this situation, the multi-vector policy in Kazakhstan meets the challenges. But these challenges are not fatal."


Kazantsev believes that the key global elites have a positive attitude toward the elections in Kazakhstan: "There is a sharp increase in threats and instability throughout the Islamic world, particularly in Central Asia. In this regard, the problem of Afghanistan can be mentioned, and the problem of increasing threats from Islamic State. And IS is a topic about which all key global players have come to an agreement. What are Russian-American discrepancies compared to US-Iranian or Iranian-Israeli? Almost nothing! Meanwhile, in the fight against IS, Iran, the US and Israel are united. Key Arab states, which are involved in the anti-IS  coalition are negative towards IS, though they remain enemies of Iran. Recently, the head of Russia's FSB travelled to the United States and agreed to cooperate in the fight against IS. Thus, the theme of Islamic extremists on the one hand poses a threat to Kazakhstan, while on the other hand it makes all the international players very responsible in their attitudes to the subject of stability in Kazakhstan as a key country of post-Soviet Central Asia."


"The attitude of the world's key players to the topic of the Kazakh elections will be positive. There will be criticism from certain structures, specializing in the field of human rights and spreading Western standards of democracy, but, in general, the response will be positive," Kazantsev concluded.