Kazakhstan: President Tokayev refuses to negotiate with demonstrators, Russia sends military forces to support the authorities

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Kazakhstan: What is happening in the former Soviet satellite country? Why has Russia intervened now?

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned on Friday that Kazakhstan would have “great difficulty in curbing Russian influence” after Moscow deployed troops to contain unrest in its neighboring country.

“There is a lesson from recent history that once the Russians enter a country it is sometimes very difficult to get them out,” Blinken said at a press conference in Washington.

Kazakh President Kassym Tokayev announced earlier on Friday his rejection of any possibility of negotiating with the demonstrators and authorized the security forces to “shoot without warning”.

“What kind of negotiations can we have with criminals and murderers? We have been dealing with armed and trained criminals (…) who need to be destroyed and it will be done soon,” he said.

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