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Astana slams Russian MPs' statement on Kazakh lands as 'bullshit'

11:25, 23 December 2020
Photo: Kalizhan Ospanov/Xinhua/Global Look Press

Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi said the statements of Russian deputies Vyacheslav Nikonov and Yevgeny Fedorov on Kazakhstan's territories do not reflect the official position of Moscow and are 'bullshit.'

Russian parliamentarian Vyacheslav Nikonov on Channel One called the territory of Kazakhstan 'a great gift from Russia.' Another deputy, Evgeny Fedorov, later echoed Nikonov saying the lands were donated to Kazakhstan and called the Kazakh side's reaction to such statements ingratitude. According to Fedorov, Kazakhstan 'received part of the territories on lease from the USSR' and must return them. He also called for the restoration of a single state with Kazakhstan.

If we talk about Fedorov's words, yesterday he also repeated them, then as a Kazakh and a Kazakhstan citizen, I want to say - it hurts my pride. Having a higher education, knowing the history of our homeland, I would answer this statement in Russian as follows - this is bullshit. When such questions are raised, first of all, it is necessary to rely on historians, scientists, Interfax quotes the Kazakh Foreign Minister.

He noted that after Nikonov's words, the temporary representative of the Russian Embassy in Nur-Sultan was summoned to the Kazakh Foreign Ministry and was handed a note with the official position of Kazakhstan.

As a Minister of Foreign Affairs, I would like to say that, of course, this does not correspond to the official position of the Russian Federation, the minister stressed.

Tleuberdi added that Kazakhstan and Russia had formed partner relations and would continue to develop these ties based on international law. According to the minister, the border demarcation between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan will be completed in the next three years. reported earlier that Kazakhstan launched the production of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.