The US authorities are calling on the CSTO to withdraw the forces deployed to Kazakhstan to resolve the situation when asked by the local authorities. State Department spokesman Ned Price said this at a briefing broadcast on the ministry’s Youtube channel.
“They have to leave Kazakhstan when the authorities ask it,” he said.
Price also commented on the words of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about the CSTO peacekeepers in Kazakhstan. At the beginning of January, the diplomat, speaking about the role of the CSTO in resolving the situation in the republic, said the phrase: “When Russians come to your home, it can be difficult to force them to leave.”
The State Department spokesman, in response to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s indignation, noted that the Secretary of State’s statements “are based on years and decades of historical experience.”
“It’s hard to argue with what he said,” Price said.
However, he declined to comment on the response of Russian diplomats to Blinken’s statement. “We’re not going to get into an tit-for-tat discussion,” Price said.
On January 9, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the American side would demand that Kazakhstan explain itself for inviting the CSTO peacekeepers. “We have real questions why they were forced to turn to this organization, which is dominated by Russia. We ask for clarification on this matter, ”the diplomat said.