UK to help Kazakh exports bypass Russia, seeks critical minerals
O UK will help Kazakhstan to develop export routes bypassing the Russiasaid British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on a visit to the Central Asian country on Saturday, where he also signed a memorandum on supplying critical minerals.
Cleverly said London values the position of Astana – which has traditionally been an ally of Moscow – in the Ukrainian conflict. Kazakhstan has refused to support the Russian invasion or recognize its annexation of Ukrainian territories.
“The UK very much appreciates Kazakhstan’s consistent and principled stance in supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and its desire to bring a resolution to the war in line with the UN Charter,” he said at a briefing.
Cleverly, who has met with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and several other high-ranking officials, said he had discussed disruptions to Kazakhstan’s oil exports – most of which pass through Russia – and ways to support development. of alternative routes, such as the so-called Middle Corridor.
This route crosses the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, and requires significant investment to increase its capacity, although Kazakhstan has already started diverting some oil shipments towards it.
Cleverly and Kazakh diplomats said they had signed a memorandum on critical minerals such as rare earth metals, but did not provide details.
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