On the sidelines of the Europe-Asia ASEM summit, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed deepening bilateral cooperation, including the setting up of a future EU-Kazakhstan Business forum.
A flurry of bilateral meetings took place on the second day of the ASEM summit, which gathered 21 Asian leaders with the 28 heads of state and government of the EU, plus the heads of the Commission and the Council, on the 18th and 19th October in Brussels. Kazakhstan is the only Central Asian country in the ASEM format. It joined in 2014, together with the latest EU member Croatia.
Speaking at the ASEM summit, Nazarbayev said that unfortunately, at the present stage in the world there was a lack of productive dialogue and understanding: “Today we are all witnessing an economic and political, military confrontation similar to the Cuban crisis of the 60s of the previous century. Especially with NATO frontiers coming close to the Russian borders”, the President of Kazakhstan said in his speech.