Former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev for the first time he broke the silence since the events of early January and commented on what had happened. A video from the national leader, who was already considered dead by many, appeared on the Web on Tuesday, January 18.
“The events in January shocked all of Kazakhstan,” Nazarbayev said in a video. “The goal … was to destroy the integrity of the country and the basic state.”
The politician called the incident a “tragedy” that “became a lesson for all of us.” He urged them to “protect independence as the apple of the eye” and find out “who organized all the pogroms and murders.” Nazarbayev also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
Nazarbayev also responded to “numerous challenges” concerning him. According to the statement, he did not consider it necessary to intervene in the situation and even act in public, as he has been a pensioner since 2019 after the transfer of powers from the President to Kassym-Jomart Tokajev. He made sure he stayed at home despite the rumors.
“I am on a well-deserved rest in the capital of Kazakhstan and I have not gone anywhere,” Nazarbayev assured. He said that Tokaev “has full power”, he would soon be elected chairman of the Nur Otan party, so he said “there is no conflict or confrontation in the elite.”
“I've been working tirelessly for our country for 30 years.” He listed successes: “strengthened borders”, “carried out progressive reforms”, “built an independent Kazakhstan”, achieved good results in the socio-economic sphere, “Kazakhstan has become a recognized and authoritarian state”. According to Nazarbayev, his goal has always been stability and peace for the country, and all people “need to protect these enduring values.” He called for unity around the president and support for his reform program.
“I wish you, dear compatriots, health and prosperity!” – concluded the politician.
Russia and Belarus she began to consider a situation where, for security reasons, it would be necessary to involve the full military potential of both countries. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin told a foreign military attaché. According to him, Moscow and Minsk regularly work out the possibilities of using a regional group of troops. Fomin warned that a situation could arise where “the strengths and resources of a regional group would not be enough to ensure the security of the EU state.” As a result, you need to be prepared to strengthen it. Therefore, it was decided that the full military potential must be involved for a common defense.
In addition, joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Russia and Belarus “Allied Resolve-2022” will take place from the hour. February 10 to 20. Russian and Belarusian troops will carry out tasks in the area of suppressing external aggression and combating terrorism. This will affect, in particular, the strengthening of border sections on possible routes of illegal infiltration by Belarusians and the blocking of arms and ammunition supply channels.
February 2022 in two phases. The first will last until February 9. Joint exercises between Russia and Belarus will begin on February 10 and last for 10 days. This is the second phase of verification
Islamic State militants took part in the riots in Kazakhstan ” (ISIS, a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) that had Kyrgyz passports. The WarGonzo telegram channel writes about this, referring to resources in Bishkek's power structures.
According to the channel, many Central Asian terrorists returned to their homeland after defeating groups in the Middle East by acquiring new documents for themselves. It was the easiest thing for them to obtain a Kyrgyz passport due to corruption by local authorities. Former ISIS fighters who fled Syria and Iraq and received Kyrgyz passports said in a statement. According to the channel's author, at least 3,000 natives from Kazakhstan fought in ISIS. Some have died, some have returned to their homeland, some still remain in the Middle East.
The number of criminal cases following the riots in Kazakhstan has previously been reported to reach 695.
Russian Foreign Ministry denied information about the alleged evacuation of Russian diplomats from Ukraine. They noted that the Russian embassy in Kiev was functioning normally.
The New York Times had previously stated, referring to a senior Ukrainian security official, that diplomats at two Russian consulates in the country had been ordered to prepare to leave. .
At the same time on January 5, 18 people allegedly left Kiev. They were mostly children and wives of Russian diplomats. A total of 30 people from Kiev and Lviv are to leave Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, meanwhile, has ridiculed the “scenario competition” taking place in the United States for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He commented on the words of US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland about the work that Washington has done in this direction.
According to him, there are 17 special and intelligence services in the United States. .. “Already the 17th Plus Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 18 scenarios Maybe they are announcing a competition,” Lavrov grinned.
Chapter Japan's foreign ministry Yoshimasa Hayashi said his country's sovereignty extended to the four “northern islands,” as Japan calls the southern Kuril Islands. He announced this at a press conference in Tokyo.
He therefore noted that the Japanese authorities intend to continue “permanent negotiations” on the basis of their basic position, which implies the desire to sign a peace agreement as a result of territorial issues.
The head of Japanese diplomacy spoke about the statement of his Russian counterpart at a press conference in Moscow on January 14. Recall that Sergei Lavrov clarified at the time that Tokyo still did not recognize the results of World War II in resolving the Kuril Islands issue and made constant démarches in connection with the visit of Russian officials and the army to the Southern Kurils.
Second C-17A Globemaster military transport aircraft III. The British Royal Air Force has arrived in Kiev.
London is fulfilling agreements with Ukraine on the supply of anti-tank weapons, despite a call by the British Secretary of Defense to his Russian counterpart to the British capital.
Another point is also interesting, writes the Military Observer Telegram channel. British transport workers are bypassing Germany's airspace, which opposes the delivery of deadly weapons to Kiev when the German foreign minister leaves Kiev for Moscow.
Honest energy drink, Former Ukraine's incumbent energy minister Olha Buslavets has speculated on her Facebook page about the country's ability to go through a heating season without the use of Russian gas.
“Due to low air temperatures, Ukraine will not be able to import gas to cover peak fuel during the heating season,” Buslavets said.
She added that NJSC Naftogaz Ukraine is in a deep financial deficit and has no funds to import gas.
& quot; The state will probably have to look for these funds for the company, which are from $ 2 to $ 3 billion. (depending on the actual price of gas), “the expert concluded.
An Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has decided to launch airstrikes in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a. According to Sky News Arabia, the decision was made in response to the strikes of the Shiite movement Ansar Allah. (Husians) in the United Arab Emirates. & Nbsp;
In particular, the military leadership of the Arab coalition described the planned strikes as “a response to the threat and military necessity.” “Terrorist leaders are reportedly being bombed.” “Coalition Air Force conducts operations in the sky over Sana'a.” The UAE authorities have called on the United States to re-enable the Yemeni Shiite movement, Ansar Allah. on the list of terrorists. Nearly a year ago, the Joe Biden administration removed the organization from the list of foreign terrorist organizations. Explosions on three tankers in the port and warehouse at Abu Dhabi airport killed three people and injured six others. The goal was the infrastructure of the National Oil Company. Judging by the fact that parts of the UAV were found at the site of the blast, it is believed that kamikaze drones were used.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Policy Speaking at the European Parliament's Commission, Josep Borrell said the EU did not plan to impose pre-emptive measures against Russia.
“No one is talking about pre-emptive sanctions against Russia,” Borrell said. however, the EU spokeswoman stressed that in the event of Russian aggression against Ukraine, “the EU will be ready to act.”
Vladimir Zelensky. Photos from the website of the President of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock discussed in Kiev about the security situation in Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 and Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
After the meeting, the Ukrainian leader expressed hope that the next summit will soon be organized in Normandy format.
Burbock promised Zelensky that if Russia uses Nord Stream 2 as a weapon, then strict measures will be taken.