If you don’t think this is interesting, you might want to look at a map. (See the LU post at the link below.) Anything that may involve Israeli aircraft – military aircraft, or aircraft bearing military or military cargo – flying into Central Asia bears noting, of course. The new defense cooperation pact between the two countries will include weapons sales as well.
The Bug Pit summary reminds us of a previous instance of military cooperation between Israel and Kazakhstan in 2006-7. Kazakh officials were charged with corruption in connection with some of the consequences of deals from the period.
But good relations between the countries have continued, and in September 2013, Israel launched her “largest and most sophisticated” communications satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan (still operated as a base for the Russian space program).
In 2012, Israel and Azerbaijan signed a $1.6 billion arms agreement (which, of course, would also entail flying things from Israel to Azerbaijan).
See the rest On the QT…