Nur Sultan, 3 March 2022 (TDI): Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, held a telephone conversation with Kazakhstan’s President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Both officials talked about the Ukraine crisis.

Moreover, during the talk with the Ukraine President, Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev emphasized the exceptional importance of reaching compromise agreements during negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Only fruitful negotiations can stop hostilities in Ukraine.

Moreover, both heads of state agreed to enhance cooperation in the humanitarian sphere between Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Earlier to this, Kazakhstan President also had a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

They talked about economic and trade relations between Kazakhstan and Russia. Further, President Tokayev offered Kazakhstan’s mediation for the Ukraine-Russia conflict. He also insisted to the Russian President to resolve the crisis through negotiations.

Russia Ukraine Crisis: An Overview

Russia and Ukraine have captured the entire world’s attention since 24th February. Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the behest of its Security Council that convened a day before.

Prior to this, a day before, Russia also recognized the Republics of the Luhansk and Donetsk, much to the West’s chagrin. The Donetsk and Luhansk are a part of the Donbas region that is pro-Russia territory.

Recently, Western countries had been alleging Russia about troops’ deployment on the border of Ukraine. However, Russia had been denying the allegations by claiming that it has no intention to invade Ukraine.

One of the main issues of contention between Russia and the EU/US is NATO’s beefed-up defences in northeastern Europe and Ukraine’s intent to join NATO. Russian and Western counterparts held a series of negotiations to avert escalation. Though, that indelibly failed.

According to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s stance regarding Ukraine is a matter of principle. In this context, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that if attempts to come to terms on mutually acceptable principles fail, Russia will adopt an appropriate response.

Contrarily, the Ukrainian authorities had been alerting the world about a possible invasion. Throughout 2021 and 2022, Russia and the West engaged in a diplomatic tussle related to Ukraine.

Likewise, the West kept accusing Russia of a military buildup on the border of Ukraine. whilst Russia kept objecting to NATO’s expansionist agenda that is considered a threat to its strategic security.

Consequently, tensions escalated between the two countries and led to strained bilateral relations. Moreover, despite the United States and EU sending strong messages to warn Russia, the threat of economic isolation couldn’t deter Russia to compromise on what it considers its national interest.