Kazakhstan is one of Russia’s closest allies, but President Tokayev has now openly criticized the war against Ukraine. Moscow’s criminal measures will not be long in coming.
Clear contradictions from the Allies and live on the open stage: Vladimir Putin will not be pleased that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday refused to recognize the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and referred to the right of self-determination of nations. During a speech in St. Petersburg on Friday, Putin did not express his anger at the Kazakh president, but now the tone between Moscow and Nur-Sultan has intensified.
Konstantin Zatulin, chairman of the Duma’s Russian Affairs Committee, threatened with measures “as in Ukraine”: “If we have friendship, cooperation and partnership, then there are no territorial issues,” the independent Moscow Times quoted. “And if not, then everything is possible. As in the case of Ukraine. Therefore, I think it is worth paying attention to this side of things in Kazakhstan, not only in Ukraine,” said Zatulin.
Russia is blocking Kazakh oil
Earlier in the video, the husband of Russian propagandist Margarita Simonjan accused Kazakhstan of “ungratefulness” and advised the country to look at “what is happening in Ukraine.” But the dispute between the allies is probably not just in words.