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Ukraine crisis threatens Moscow's relations with Astana

With its own sizeable ethnic Russian minority, Kazakhstan has watched the Kremlin's meddling in east Ukraine with a growing sense of dread

Russia's interference in Ukraine is costing it influence in Central Asia, where Kazakhstan, long a loyal ally of the Kremlin, is starting to doubt the benefits of the relationship.The two countries have enjoyed cordial relations since the break-up of the USSR in 1991, with Kazakhstan designating Russia as a strategic partner and taking part in all Moscow's initiatives within the Commonwealth of Independent States, including the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, which will be transformed into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on 1 January 2015. This has enabled Astana to adopt a 'multi-vector' foreign policy - an effort to keep go

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