Uzbekistan has closed its border with Central Asian neighbor Kazakhstan to all but citizens of each nation returning home, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said today, as swine flu spreads in both countries.
Kazakhstan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources approved Canada-based Uranium One's acquisition of a 50-percent interest in the Karatau uranium venture from Russia's Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ).
Kazakhstan will not allow foreign investors to take control over key Kazakh banks, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in a televised question and answer session on Friday.
On October 27, the European Union at its General Affairs and External Relations Council Meeting in Luxembourg decided, as expected, not to renew the sanctions imposed on Uzbekistan in the aftermath of the Andijan uprising in 2005. Ultimately, the case has revealed a profound lack of strategic thinking on the side of the EU and recalls an important lesson for European diplomacy: that sanctions are an instrument for gaining compliance, and that the latter is a matter of leverage – for both sides involved.
Kazakhstan's financial police have launched a criminal investigation against the printer of an opposition newspaper critical of the authorities.
In solving of necessary economical problems and implementation of anti-crisis policy it is impossible to forget the perspectives. Kazakhstan needs modernization of economy, establishment and development of new industrial areas, which would cover evident empty spaces in producing structure, taking the republic out of crude economy dependency. This requires attention as late as now, and such measures are to be containing itself as the important part of anti-crisis program.
The former president of Kazakhstan's Uranium-producing giant KazAtomProm says he needs to be hospitalized, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
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