Contents tagged with Kazakhstan

  • President of Kazakhstan rejects Lukashenko’s invitation to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus

    Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev described as a "joke" the words of the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, who invited Kazakhstan to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus in order to have access to nuclear weapons.

    "I appreciated his joke. I think that there is no need for this, since there are other integration associations, primarily the Eurasian Economic Union. As for nuclear weapons, we do not need them," Radio Azattyq quotes Tokayev as saying.

    Earlier, …

  • Kazakhstan blocks supplies of Russian grain to Central Asia and China

    The Russian national railway company Russian Railways has asked Kazakhstan to reduce transit tariffs. Russia exports grain and other goods to the countries of Central Asia and China through Kazakhstan.

    According to the Russian newspaper Vedomosti, in September the Russian Railways sent a letter to Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakhstani Railways) asking to reduce the tariffs but there have been no changes since then. On November 8, as the publication indicates, tariffs were discussed at a closed …

  • President of Kazakhstan promises safe heaven to Russian draft-dodgers

    Kazakhstan will "ensure the safety" of Russians who are coming after the announcement of mobilization in the Russian Federation, said the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, at a meeting with the residents of the Turkistan region.

    Tokayev stressed that Kazakhstan should maintain "friendly relations with its neighbors."

    "Good relations with neighbors are the key to tranquility. The most important thing is that we maintain agreements with neighbouring countries. We have nothing to …

  • Ex-head of Kazakhstan national security: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan secretly agreed to help Russia in war against Ukraine

    Former head of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Alnur Musayev said that Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan gave in under pressure from Russian President Putin and agreed to assist him in the war against Ukraine.

    According to Musayev, the authorities of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan at a confidential level expressed their readiness to provide Russia with military equipment and ammunition. Also, Russian is moving some of its contingent these Central Asian countries to Ukraine.

    "Russia is also …

  • Russia sends more troops to Kazakhstan

    Russia is sending 75 aircraft with "peacekeepers" of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to Kazakhstan, reports RIA Novosti.

    Russian military transport aircraft are flying from airfields in the Moscow, Ivanovo and Ulyanovsk regions, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

    "Units of the Airborne Forces from the Russian contingent of the CSTO peacekeeping forces are at the loading airfields Chkalovsky, Ivanovo-Severny, Ulyanovsk-Vostochny,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    "Units from the …

  • President of Kazakhstan gives order to open fire on protesters

    Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered security forces to open fire on "criminals" without warning.

    "I have given the order to law enforcement agencies and the army to open fire to kill without warning. There have been calls abroad for talks for a peaceful solution to the problem. What nonsense! What negotiations can there be with criminals, with murderers," Tokayev said in his address.

    Kazakhstan's president said police and military personnel had to face "armed and trained bandits," …

  • Russia deploys troops to Kazakhstan

    Russia has sent airborne troops to Kazakhstan as part of "the peacekeeping force" from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), reports Interfax, citing the CSTO statement.

    "The main tasks of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces will be the protection of important state and military facilities, assisting the law enforcement forces of Kazakhstan in stabilizing the situation and bringing it back to the legal plane," the CSTO said.

    It is noted that the "peacekeepers" have already …

  • Kazakhstan’s president asks Russia to deploy troops to the country

    Kazakhstan has appealed for help to the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in a televised address on Wednesday evening.

    According to him, the protesters who seized city administrations, police stations and other law enforcement facilities are "terrorist gangs" that have been "trained abroad."

    The mass unrest that began on January 2 and four days later developed into a nationwide uprising, according to Tokayev, "can and should …

  • Kazakhstan elites flee the country

    At least eight private business jets, according to Flight Radar, took off from Kazakhstan in the morning of Wednesday, January 5, amid mass protests, looting of the government buildings and reports of security forces joining the protesters.

    According to Ateo Breaking, among others, a Bombardier Global 500 with registration number 9H-AVA, belonging to the husband of Dinara Nazarbayeva, the daughter of the country's first president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who after his resignation in 2019 retained …

  • Internet cut off across Kazakhstan amid mass protests

    Kazakhstan authorities are shutting down the internet across the country amid mass protests that began On January 2 in the city of Zhanaozen, and the next three days spread to all major cities, including Almaty and the capital Nur-Sutlan.

    On Wednesday, January 5, the Central Asian republic had almost no internet follows from the data of the NetBlock service, which tracks network outages around the world.

    Partial internet shutdowns began on Monday. Representatives of the cellular providers …