Russia: The neighboring countries keep their distance – politics

Moldova is keeping its distance, Tajikistan’s president rebukes Putin: in many states that once belonged to the Soviet Union, discontent has been growing since the beginning of the war. Moscow is fighting for its influence, also in competition with China and the EU.


Frank Nienhuysen

On Monday there were pictures of a ceremony in the Kremlin again, foreign guests have become rarer since the beginning of the war. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan’s head of state Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a document on their cooperation, and even if the contents sounded like platitudes, the head of the Kremlin should have been satisfied with one sentence from Tokayev: “For Kazakhstan, Russia is a strategic partner and it is always been.”

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