Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky suspended the issuing of licenses for the export of special products to Kazakhstan. This includes, but is not limited to, weapons and materials that could be used to suppress riots and demonstrations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic informed the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which issues the permits and supervises their implementation, of the decision. According to the ministry’s available data for 2020, Czech companies had 11 export permits worth nearly EUR 17 billion.
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The permits cover, inter alia, firearms, vehicles and chemicals, including substances used in riot control.
Violent protests in Kazakhstan
Lipavski’s decision is related to the events in Kazakhstan, where riots broke out at the beginning of the year. In the largest city, Almaty, demonstrators attacked government buildings and shops.
The protests were brutally crushed by security forces, and President Kasym-Zomart Tokayev allowed live ammunition to be fired at the protesters.
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