The European Union on Thursday called on Russia to respect Kazakhstan’s sovereignty and independence as Moscow sends troops to quell an uprising after deadly violence spread across the country
“The violence must be stopped. We are also calling for restraint from all parties and a peaceful resolution of the situation. Now obviously, the EU is ready and willing to support a dialogue in the country,” Reuters quoted an unnamed EU spokesperson as saying.
Russia said it has sent military paratroopers to Kazakhstan as part of a peacekeeping mission following a plea from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
The protests turned deadly on Thursday, in which police in Almaty shot and killed dozens of protesters following attempts to storm government buildings.
The exact numbers of killed demonstrators are not clear yet.
However, a local TV channel, Khabar 24 has reported that at least 12 law enforcement officers were killed during the protests.
Moreover, Nabila Massrali, a spokeswoman for the European External Action Service had called on all sides in Kazakhstan to show restraint and responsibility amid rising social tensions over a huge increase in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices.
“We call on all concerned to act with responsibility and restraint and to refrain from actions that could lead to a further escalation of violence,” Massrali said in a statement.
Massrali said that the EU encourages a peaceful resolution of the situation through inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders and respect for the fundamental rights of citizens.
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