US State Department worries, I mean Tony Blinken…
Moscow already reacted to it and stated that Blinken “expressed himself in boorish manner”(in Russian). What did they expect form US “diplomat”? They don’t know any better in Foggy Bottom–it is not a bug, it is a feature.
In related news, however, really important news, former head of Kazakhstan’s Committee on National Security Karim Masimov (in Russian) has been detained and has been charged with state treason. This dude is the first big fish which has been netted but not the last one. It seems that the deployment of the Ivanovo VDV Division, 31st Ulyanovsk Guards Assault Brigade and 45th Separate Brigade of Spetznaz, not to mention separate battalion of Naval Infantry (marines) of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla which is now in control of Port Aktau, together with other ODKB forces, who are guarding now all crucial Kazakhstan government infrastructure, has dramatically improved legitimate Kazakh government grasp of situation and greatly boosted the morale of Kazakh Armed and Security forces who now are getting it done. ODKB forces also have an open order to use deadly force at their discretion.
This is 45th Brigade of Spetznaz arriving to Alma-Ata.