Russia warns against outside meddling in Kazakhstan, urges dialogue

Russia warns against outside meddling in Kazakhstan, urges dialogue

Russia has reacted to the ongoing unrest in Kazakhstan, warning against any outside interference into the internal affairs of the Central Asian nation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Kazakhstan could solve its own problems and it was important that no one interfered from the outside. He also urged “dialogue” in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan as unprecedented unrest spun out of control over an energy price increase.

Kazakhstan had not requested Russian help to deal with the unrest, Peskov said. 

Separately, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement it was closely monitoring the situation in its southern neighbor and counting on the “soonest possible normalization.”

“We hope for the earliest possible normalization of the situation in the country, with which Russia is linked by relations of strategic partnership and alliance through fraternal, human contacts.”

“We support a peaceful solution to all problems within the legal and constitutional framework and through dialogue, not through street riots…

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