Kazakhstan is also a victim of the crisis that the Ukraine conflict has caused in global supply lines. The country used to export fuel oil through the Black Sea. But now it has become difficult. The country is looking for alternative routes to export oil to Europe to survive. Nur-Sultan (Kazakh capital) wants the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline to be an alternative route. But Russia does not want that. This has put the country under great pressure. Under the pressure of Russia, Kazakhstan is now torn apart! News TRT World.
Kazakhstan has essentially fallen into a high-profile diplomatic frenzy. Because on the one hand, Russia is preventing Kazakhstan from sending oil to Europe, which is devastated by the energy crisis, on the other hand, if the oil is not exported, the country may fall into a financial crisis.
More than 50 percent of Central Asian country Kazakhstan’s export revenue depends on oil, and more than two-thirds of that comes from European buyers. The country is the 9th largest oil exporter in the world. Almost all of these exports are shipped through Russian territory.
Russia has been under international sanctions for its attack on Ukraine. Because of this, Russia wants to prevent Nur Sultan from exporting oil.
Moscow is also trying to prevent Kazakhstan from using alternative routes for oil exports to Europe.
M. Narikbayev’s associate professor of international relations, Ikbolzon Koraboyev, said that a clear example of Russia’s pressure on Kazakhstan was seen in July. A local Russian court then ordered the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) to cease operations for violating environmental regulations.
Curiously, the Russian court’s decision came on July 5, Koraboyev said. Earlier in the day, there was a phone conversation between Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev and European Council President Charles Michel. In the phone conversation, Tokayev expressed his desire to increase oil exports to the EU.
Koraboyev sees politics behind Russian court rulings. In recent months, Kazakhstan’s foreign policy has been out of step with Moscow on the Ukraine issue. There’s another reason Putin wants to punish Kazakhstan if Moscow doesn’t listen. Because the country is part of the former Soviet Union and an ally of Moscow.