US officials don’t understand what’s happening in Kazakhstan, so instead they resort to platitudes and cliches when discussing the crisis-hit Central Asian country, the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed on Sunday.
American statements on the crisis, which has seen the country gripped by violent protests since the New Year, exhibit “desperation and [a] lack of arguments; or desperation due to lack of arguments,” spokesman Maria Zakharova insisted during her appearance on the ‘Soloviev Live’ channel on YouTube on Saturday.
White House officials become “baffled” when they’re being asked by journalists about the situation in the Central Asian country, she added. “They don’t know what to say. Just look at this baby babble and nonsense that they’re uttering,” Zakharova pointed out.
On Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested that Moscow might have some ulterior motives in leading the peacekeeping effort by the CSTO alliance in Kazakhstan. “I think one lesson in recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave,” he said. The Russian Foreign Ministry has already slammed Blinken for his controversial claims. “When Americans are in your house, it can be difficult to stay alive, and not to be robbed or raped,” and North American Indians, Koreans, Vietnamese, Iraqis, Syrians, and others can confirm that, it pointed out.
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Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had asked fellow members of CSTO for help after the worst day of violence on Wednesday, which saw angry crowds storming government buildings in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty and elsewhere across the country. Tokayev described the riots, in which some protesters were armed with guns, as an attack by “terrorists,” who had allegedly received training abroad and were assaulting Kazakh statehood.
When asked to comment on this development, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that “we have questions about the nature of this request and whether it was a legitimate invitation or not. We don’t know at this point.”