Kyrgyzstan is going to refuse from $100 million in aid from Kazakhstan

BISHKEK (TCA) — The government of Kyrgyzstan is moving to cancel an agreement under which it would have received some $100 million in aid from Kazakhstan to bring its infrastructure up to the standards of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyzstan joined the Russia-led trade bloc, which also includes Belarus, Armenia, and Kazakhstan, in August 2015. In December 2016, Kazakhstan agreed to grant $100 million in aid to Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Duishenbek Zilaliev told RFE/RL on October 20 that the government sent the draft proposal to parliament, which is due to discuss it in the coming days.

“We do not need that money anymore. We will look for funding in other places — either our own budget or outside sources,” Zilaliev said.

The move comes amid ongoing tensions between the two Central Asian neighbors caused by outgoing Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev’s accusing Kazakhstan of interfering in the campaign for the October 15 presidential election.

On October 7, Atambayev said Kazakh authorities were “meddling in Kyrgyzstan’s domestic affairs” and were throwing their support behind Omurbek Babanov, the chief rival of Atambayev’s favored successor, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who eventually won the election.

The accusations came after Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Babanov last month.

On October 18, the two countries agreed on steps to ease a severe bottleneck on the border and speed up the flow of noncommercial traffic between the two countries.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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