Presidents of Kazakhstan and the United States had a telephone conversation initiated by the American side, Joinfo.ua reports.
Astana Times writes that the conflict in the Donbas was the central topic of the conversation. According to the administration of the Kazakh leader, Barack Obama assured Nursultan Nazarbayev that he would continue to seek a diplomatic way to solve the Ukrainian crisis. The U.S. President said that the conflict in Ukraine would not be solved if the Minsk agreements were not observed.
Obama thanked the authorities of Kazakhstan for their actions aimed at the preservation of international security and expressed the hope that his Kazakh counterpart would continue to actively promote the search for the solution of the Ukrainian conflict.
Nursultan Nazarbayev informed the U.S. president that he has taken the problem under his personal control, and noted that Astana insists on continuing peace negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France in the Normandy format.
Besides, he added that economic sanctions against Russia negatively affect all the countries of Central Asia, and suggested Obama to take more active role in finding a compromise in Ukraine.
During the conversation, two presidents also talked about the present and future of the Kazakh-American relations and paid attention to other serious international issues.
As previously reported, EU does not intend to lift sanctions, as Europe does not see compliance with the Minsk Agreement on the part of the Russian Federation.