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Border delays and trade restrictions with Kazakhstan are likely until Kyrgyz President steps down in December

18 October 2017


On 17 October 2017, the Kyrgyz government filed a formal complaint against Kazakhstan with the World Trade Organization (WTO) because of growing delays at the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border.

Similarly, on 16 October, the Kyrgyz Economy Ministry notified the Eurasian Economic Commission of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) about Kazakhstan’s alleged violations of EEU principles regarding the freedom of movement across member-state borders. The border delays reflect increased security procedures on the Kazakh side, which took effect on 10 October, probably in response to critical statements made by Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev on 7 October. In his address at a state award ceremony, Atambayev harshly criticised his Kazakh counterpart for alleged attempts to influence the Kyrgyz presidential election by meeting the opposition candidate Omurbek Babanov in September.

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