Protests broke out in Kazakhstan in early January, which turned into mass riots. In response to the situation, President Kasym-Żomart Tokayev asked the states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help. In response, Russia sent its troops to Kazakhstan as “peacekeepers”.
Lavrov: It was a real disgrace
On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, quoted by the TASS agency, commented on the events in Kazakhstan. “Of course, it was a terrifying experience to see pogroms, houses set on fire, the heads of policemen cut off and the way in which rioters and terrorists treated journalists,” he said.
Lavrov accused the West and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of reacting too slowly to the situation in Kazakhstan. – It was a real disgrace. In such situations, the reasons for what happened should be disclosed – he assessed.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, spoke in a similar vein, criticizing the OSCE for “outrageous indifference” to the riots in Kazakhstan. – We wonder if the organization has an administrative office, and what about the management? Did everyone celebrate the New Year? – she said.
Rau warns of war
On January 1, Poland formally began the annual presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. On Thursday, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau participated in the meeting of the Permanent Council of the OSCE in Vienna. “The risk of war in the OSCE region is now greater than ever,” he said.
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