“Kazakhstan won’t be “the next””, Vasyl Yurchyshyn (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

After the invasion of Ukraine, it became clear that Russia can be expected to make any, even clearly absurd, decisions in any field in respect to any country. The author reflects on the Russian stance towards Kazakhstan, its anticipated moves and implications for Ukraine/

Russia, which is suffering a political fiasco due to its military failure in Ukraine, needs at least some “liberatory” mission to please the ambitions of the Kremlin leaders. A yesterday’s closest ally may be chosen as a country that needs “protection” or “liberation” (from “nationalists”, “militarists”, “terrorists”). There is no doubt that the Russian anger may turn to Kazakhstan.

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