At a briefing on January 7, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken gave a focused and comprehensive description of Russia's actions against Ukraine:
- Russia invaded Ukraine almost eight years ago;
- Russia is the military occupier of Ukraine and Crimea;
- Russia is still fueling the war in eastern Ukraine;
-… Russia again sends troops to the border of Ukraine;
- All these actions are a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and a challenge to peace and stability in Europe.
Of course, it would be better if these accurate estimates were made in 2014 during the Obama presidency. For more than seven years, the United States has learned what is happening in and around Ukraine. However, we can not say the same about the American explanations of what happened and is happening in Kazakhstan.
Therefore, Blinken was very careful in his statements:
- we very much appreciate the relations we have with Kazakhstan;
- we are watching the situation with serious concern;
- we call on everyone to find a peaceful and constructive solution to the situation.
"When it comes to the CSTO, we have questions about the nature of the request, why it arose. "We want to know more about this," Blinken said cautiously, adding: "We certainly call on these PEACEFUL FORCES and law enforcement agencies to adhere to international human rights standards in support of a peaceful settlement."
What is striking is the use of the term "peacekeeping force" in reference to Russian interventionist forces sent to Kazakhstan.
"The United States has no real leverage over Kazakhstan" is the headline in a recent Politico article.
To a large extent, this is true. Because the influence that the United States had on Kazakhstan was somehow tied to the pyramid of Nazarbayev's power. And that was a long time ago - in the 90's - in the early 2000's. He was James Giffen, a businessman, the godfather of oil mega-projects in Kazakhstan involving American companies, a longtime adviser to Nazarbayev and "a valuable source of information for the US government." Kazakhgate put an end to this at zero. Although there was no shortage of various advisers from the United States and the United Kingdom, times changed.
BUT RUSSIA HAS A REAL LEVER OF INFLUENCE ON THE US THROUGH KAZAKHSTAN. AND NOW SHE IS STRENGTHENING IT WITH THE FACT OF MILITARY INTERVENTION UNDER THE CSTO.
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