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Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

Heads of government posing for a group photo at a Eurasian Economic Union summit in Yerevan, Armenia, on October 25. Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev seen here in the center, and Kyrgyz prime minister Sapar Isakov, second from right. (Photo: Kyrgyzstan prime minister's office)

Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its ongoing diplomatic row with Kyrgyzstan by purportedly refusing to sign off on a roadmap on settling a border dispute.

Kyrgyz Economy Minister Artyom Novikov revealed on November 25 that Kazakhstan is dragging its feet despite attempts to thrash out problems during a Eurasian Economic Union heads of government summit in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

“The signing of the roadmap did not occur. Further work will have to be done with existing mechanisms within the EEU and in our bilateral consultations with Kazakhstan. After that, appropriate measures will be adopted,” Novikov told reporters.

Novikov said that Kazakhstan’s decision to complicate procedures for crossing the border are in violation of rules established by the EEU — a Moscow-led trade bloc that also includes Armenia and Belarus among its members.

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