The Kremlin commented on the events in Kazakhstan for the first time

Kremlin: the authorities of Kazakhstan did not turn to Russia for help The main thing is that external forces do not interfere in the events in Kazakhstan, the Kremlin believes. The Foreign Ministry assured that it is in contact with all Russian institutions in Kazakhstan

The authorities of Kazakhstan are able to independently cope with the situation in the country, the main thing is & mdash; avoid interference from outside forces. This is how presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the events in Kazakhstan.

“ We are convinced that our Kazakh friends can independently solve their internal problems, '' & mdash; Peskov answered the question whether the authorities of this country turned to Russia for help (quoted from RIA Novosti).

“ It is important that no one interferes from the outside, '' & mdash; Peskov emphasized.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for solving Kazakhstan's problems through dialogue instead of street riots. The Foreign Ministry expressed hope for the normalization of the situation in “ a country with which Russia is linked by relations of strategic partnership and alliance, fraternal, human contacts. ''

The department also noted that they keep in touch with their institutions in Kazakhstan. The situation around the diplomatic and consular missions is calm, according to preliminary information, there are no injured Russians, the Foreign Ministry assured.

The reason for the start of mass protests in certain regions of the country on January 2 was the increase in prices for liquefied gas for cars. Since 2022, it has become a fully exchange commodity, in connection with which its price has doubled – & mdash; up to 120 tenge (20 rubles) per liter. After the start of the protests, the authorities lowered prices, but the rallies flared up with renewed vigor, their geography expanded significantly, and the protesters began to put forward political demands.

In large cities of the country, including Almaty, protesters clash with police, demonstrators storm the administrative buildings. In Alma-Ata itself, the akimat (city administration) and the old residence of the president of the country were seized.

By the decree of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, a state of emergency was introduced in the capital of the country, Nur-Sultan, which provides for a curfew and a significant restriction of the rights of citizens, including to move around the city. Earlier, in connection with the riots, the authorities imposed a state of emergency and a curfew in Alma-Ata, Alma-Ata and Mangistau regions.

The President of Kazakhstan blamed the incident on the government, which resigned on the morning of January 5. According to Tokayev, the government has failed to contain inflation. He also ordered to introduce regulation of prices for gas, gasoline and diesel for six months, the prices for fuel in the regions for the population should not be higher than at the end of last year.

However, these measures did not defuse the situation, in Alma- In Ata and in a number of large cities of the country, clashes between protesters and law enforcement forces continued, attempts to storm administrative buildings and their arson, pogroms and riots began.

The NetBlocks organization, which monitors the work of the Network, reported that the Internet was turned off throughout Kazakhstan.

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