Britain desires to assist Kazakh exports bypass Russia and is scouting for vital minerals

Astana, March 18 (Reuters) – Britain will assist Kazakhstan develop export routes that bypass Russia, British International Secretary James Cleverly stated on Saturday throughout a go to to the Central Asian nation, the place he additionally signed a memorandum on vital mineral provides.

Cleverly, London appreciated Astana’s place – which has historically been carefully allied with Moscow – within the Ukraine battle. Kazakhstan has refused to assist Russia’s invasion or acknowledge its annexation of Ukrainian lands.

“Britain drastically appreciates Kazakhstan’s constant and principled place in supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and your need to resolve the battle in accordance with the UN Constitution,” he stated in a briefing.

Cleverly, who met Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and plenty of different senior officers, stated he acknowledged the disruptions in Kazakh oil exports – most of which undergo Russia – and alternatives to assist develop different routes such because the so-called center hall known as.

This route crosses the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and would require important funding to extend its capability, though Kazakhstan has already began to divert some crude oil shipments there.

Cleverly and Kazakh diplomats stated they signed a memorandum on vital minerals reminiscent of uncommon earth metals, however gave no particulars.

The landlocked nation of the previous Soviet Union with 20 million inhabitants is liable for virtually half of the world’s uranium manufacturing and has giant deposits of uncommon earth minerals, which the West historically sources from China or Russia.

Kazakhstan, which has the longest land border with Russia of any former Soviet nation, known as in Russian troops weeks earlier than Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final 12 months to assist quell avenue demonstrations. However for the reason that invasion, Tokayev has been cautious to maintain his distance from Moscow and to maintain relations with the West open.

Reporting by Tamara Vaal Writing by Olzhas Auyezov Modifying by Peter Graff

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