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Kremlin points to importance of Tokayev’s visit to Russia after re-election

On November 20, Kazakhstan held an extraordinary presidential election

MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has chosen Russia for his first foreign visit after being re-elected as head of the country, this proves the closeness of the two countries, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"This is very important," he said when asked how the Kremlin viewed Tokayev's choice of Moscow for his first foreign visit. "This once again emphasizes the closeness of our two countries, the mutual importance of bilateral relations: both for Astana and Moscow," Peskov explained.

He stressed that Kazakhstan was a very important ally and partner for Russia, and promised that Moscow would continue to be guided by this course.

On November 20, Kazakhstan held an extraordinary presidential election. Tokayev, who has held the country's top post since mid-2019, won with 81.31% of the vote. He took office on November 26. Tokayev will serve as president for seven years, after which he will no longer be able to be elected as head of state.