Kazakhstan complies with sanctions against Russia for economic benefit — Deputy PM

Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Zhumangarin
Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Zhumangarin

Kazakhstan does not support sanctions against Russia but will comply with them because it is "economically advantageous," Deputy Prime Minister Serik Zhumangarin said, the Kazakh platform Zakon.kz reported on June 5.

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"We are not part of coalitions; we do not support this unilateral sanction policy, but we will comply with it because it is beneficial from an economic standpoint," Zhumangarin said.

"Our economy is small, and naturally, we cannot withstand the pressure of sanctions. Therefore, we are constantly in dialogue and have centers that work directly with the U.S. and the European Union."

Kazakhstan has managed to maintain its positions within the framework of the sanction policy, he said.

Sanctions against Russia

The European Commission earlier reportedly drafted a proposal for the 14th package of EU sanctions against Russia, which includes restrictions on imports of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG). The proposal bans the transit of Russian LNG to third countries through EU ports.

MEPs later approved new penalties for ignoring or circumventing EU sanctions, including those levied against Moscow.

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The U.S. State Department has expanded sanctions against Moscow on May 1. This package targets the Russian Defense Ministry's Radiological, Chemical, and Biological Defense Troops, the Scientific Research Institute of Applied Acoustics, and the 48th Central Research Institute of the Russian Defense Ministry, which are engaged in the development of chemical weapons.

Read also: US law bans all uranium imports from Russia

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on May 12 that U.S. sanctions on microchips have "slowed down Russia significantly," forcing it to use chips from household items instead.

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