US Department of State: Anthony Blinken Advocates Peaceful Resolution of Crisis in Kazakhstan
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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken phoned Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi and discussed the ongoing unrest in the country. This is stated in the official statement of the representative of the State Department Ned Price, published on the website of the department.
“The Secretary of State expressed the full United States support for Kazakhstan's constitutional institutions and freedom of the media, and advocated a peaceful, human rights-based resolution to the crisis,” the statement said. It is noted that Blinken also touched upon the topic of promoting stability in Europe, including supporting “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in response to Russian aggression.”
Earlier, the White House issued a statement regarding the unrest in Kazakhstan. Washington called protesters in Kazakhstan to order and denied claims that the United States was involved in the unrest. The US State Department also condemned the violence in Kazakhstan and called on the authorities and protesters in the country to work together to find a way out of the situation.
On January 2, protests began in Kazakhstani cities due to the rise in gas prices for cars from 60 to 120 tenge. Later, they escalated into riots with demands for the departure of the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, from politics, for new elections and the dissolution of parliament. The most significant clashes took place in the former capital of the country, Alma-Ata.