The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Kazakhstan has denied data on the ban on entry to the republic for citizens of other countries in connection with the state of emergency introduced in the state. This was reported by “Sputnik Kazakhstan” in its Telegram channel.
“The information does not correspond to reality,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Aibek Smadyarov told the agency.
Earlier today, RIA Novosti, citing a representative of the Kazakh embassy in Tashkent, reported that due to an emergency, the entry of foreigners to Kazakhstan was temporarily suspended. The interlocutor of the agency clarified that it is impossible to get into the country either on foot, or by plane, or by any other means of transport.
Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in the country yesterday amid riots and protests. The head of state also replaced the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, as chairman of the Security Council, and appealed to the CSTO to help in the fight against participants in the riots, whom he called terrorists.
Performances in Kazakhstan began after the New Year amid rising gas prices for cars to 120 tenge. After that, the government announced a reduction in the cost of the energy carrier to 50 tenge, but this did not stop the protests.
As the first vice-president of the Center for Political Technologies, HSE professor Alexei Makarkin explained to Vedomosti, the rallies began for socio-economic and political reasons. According to the expert, the citizens of Kazakhstan are unhappy with the rise in prices, property inequality, tensions due to the severe consequences of the pandemic, as well as the fact that the first president of the republic, Nursultan Nazarbayev, having left his post and transferred most of the power functions to Tokayev, did not completely retire from politics and retains significant influence. and power levers.
Due to the situation in Kazakhstan, Russian airlines began to cancel flights to the country. This was reported, in particular, by Aeroflot, S7 Airlines and Ural Airlines. The first of the companies has suspended the sale of tickets to the republic.