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Ukraine war casts Kazakhstan's reliance on Russia in harsher light

Tokayev struggles to avoid angering 'unpredictable' ally -- and his own people

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Russia's Vladimir Putin meet in Moscow on Feb. 10, two weeks before the invasion of Ukraine.    © Reuters

ALMATY -- As Russia's invasion of Ukraine prompts a global storm of condemnation and sanctions, it is also testing another neighbor, one in which Moscow had military boots on the ground only weeks ago -- Kazakhstan.

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