Kazakhstan has ruled out the deployment of US military bases in the Caspian : Politics :: RBC

Through the territory of the Republic is the transit of us non-military cargo to Afghanistan, which is purely commercial in nature, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

Kairat Abdrakhmanov

(Photo: Alexander Scherbak / TASS)

Kazakhstan is going to place US military bases on the Caspian sea. About it in interview to Agency “RIA Novosti” said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov.

According to him, some Russian journalists and experts “did not quite have the facts about the real state of the situation”, which deals with the transit of us non-military cargo through the territory of Kazakhstan. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic stressed that we are talking exclusively about the commercial rail transit of non-lethal cargo for the government of Afghanistan, “to continue very necessary for the international community.”

“It is clear that transit is involved not only in Kazakhstan but also other countries located on the transport routes from United States to Afghanistan. Naturally, about any military bases in the Caspian sea we are not talking”, — said Abdrakhmanov.

He added that the same transit earlier was engaged in Russia: according to him, this happened from 2010 to 2015, in addition to Russia in export were involved in the Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. And the agreement between Washington and Astana signed in 2010, provides the same conditions that operated in the transaction, the US and Russia.

“Saved all modalities similar to the terms provided for in the agreement in force between Russia and the United States. We are not talking about placing American military bases or military bases of foreign States on the Caspian sea”, — said Abdrakhmanov.

The foreign Minister stressed that the position of the given for not attending in the Caspian sea of the armed forces that do not belong to the parties, is enshrined in the Convention, which Sunday, August 12, needs to be signed in Aktau.

In mid-April, the Parliament of Kazakhstan approved the amendments to the agreement with the USA on supply of special cargo to Afghanistan. In early may, the law on ratification of the Protocol was signed by the President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev. After that, the media began to spread reports that in the ports of Kazakhstan in the Caspian sea will be American military bases. In particular, on 2 July in the program “Evening with Vladimir Solovyov,” Russian officials and experts argued about the placement of the Washington’s bases in the Caspian sea according to the agreement with Astana. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan in July has denied this information and stressed that “transit is only used for non-military goods”.

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