FAST FIVE: Turkey Looks To Kazakhstan To Form New Trade Route To Bypass Russia

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However, anyone looking at reports from Tokayev's office on his May 10 talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had to read between the lines to surmise that they discussed Ukraine at all since it did not mention the country by name.

“We have particularly observed that our views, that the crisis should be resolved by peaceful means on the basis of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, overlap.” Kazakhstan has declined to side with Russia over the war, while also refraining from outright criticism of its ally.

He was referring to the regional grouping that also includes Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

That will boost their goal of increasing trade to $10 billion in the coming years.

Erdogan said trade hit $5.3 billion last year, though Nur-Sultan's data put trade with Turkey, its fifth largest trade partner, at $4.1 billion in 2021.

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