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There’s no ink to dry, Putin: Kazakh president takes aim at his ...

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There’s no ink to dry, Putin: Kazakh president takes aim at his ally

As sanctions bite, even causing an ink shortage, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says he doesn’t support ‘quasi-state territories’

Bloomberg News

Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to justify his war in Ukraine as legal under international law at his flagship economic forum on Friday. Sitting beside him on the stage, a key ally diplomatically disagreed.

After Putin argued he was protecting Russian speakers in the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk peoples’ republics of eastern Ukraine, which Russia had recognised as independent days before the invasion, moderator Margarita Simonyan, head of the Kremlin-funded RT TV, pressed Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on whether he supported Russia’s view. 

He didn’t...

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