In a significant development, Kazakhstan’s President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, announced during his Berlin visit that his country stands prepared to enhance its oil deliveries to Germany over an extended period. This move comes as Germany, grappling with the challenges posed by the Ukraine crisis and seeking alternatives to Russian imports, explores diverse energy sources.
Tokayev, addressing a press conference alongside Chancellor Olaf Scholz, highlighted that Kazakhstan had already dispatched 500,000 metric tons of oil to Germany via Russia’s Druzhba pipeline this year, following Germany’s decision to halt Russian oil purchases. He underscored Kazakhstan’s commitment to accommodating Germany’s request, emphasizing the intention to establish a long-term partnership in oil supplies.
The Kazakh President recognized Germany as a vital “strategic partner country within the European Union.” As a gesture of goodwill and cooperation, he extended an invitation to Chancellor Scholz to visit Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, at his convenience, reinforcing the spirit of collaboration between the two nations.