Kazakhstan expects to become European Union member

Kazakhstan expects to become a member of the European Union. The Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Russia, Adilbek Dzhaksybekov, informed in Moscow during the round table 'Kazakhstan Program: Way to Europe', Kazakhstan Today reported citing RosBusinessConsulting (RBC).

"We would like to join in the future the European Union, but to join not as Estonia and Latvia, but as an equal partner," A. Dzhaksybekov said.

According to A. Dzhaksybekov, "Kazakhstan is interested in cooperation with the European Union only on equal rights and will position itself as a self-sufficient region."

Kazakhstan realizes the project 'Way to Europe', assuming carrying out about 80 various events directed at establishment of close contacts and good-neighborhood with Europe in the field of technologies, economy, and culture." Integration of Kazakhstan with EU is beneficial for Russia as well," he considers.

He informed that Kazakhstan has never hid that Russia is its main strategic partner with which it "co-ordinates its actions." "However, the diplomat stated that the government of Kazakhstan does not intend to recognize independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia." "Kazakhstan did not also recognize independence of Kosovo," RBC informs.

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