Romania’s foreign ministry in contact with 100 Romanians in Kazakhstan as unrest grips central Asian nation
Romania’s embassy in Kazakhstan is in contact with some 100 Romanians who are currently in the country where dozens have reportedly died in protests which erupted initially over fuel price rises.
The Romanians are mainly specialists and experts employed by private companies, the foreign ministry said.
Romanian staff at its embassy in the capital in Nur-Sultan are safe, the ministry added.
Violent protests in recent days have seen the government resign and the declaration of a state of emergency. Troops from a Russian-led military alliance are headed to the Central Asian country to help quell the unrest, CNN reported.
It’s the biggest challenge to autocratic President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s rule yet. Initial public anger over a spike in fuel prices expanding to wider discontent with the government over corruption, living standards, poverty and unemployment in the oil-rich, former Soviet nation, according to human rights organizations.
Romania’s foreign ministry says it is closely following and monitoring the situation.
On January 5, protesters reportedly stormed the airport in the country’s biggest city, Almaty, forcibly entered government buildings, and set fire to the city’s main administration office, local media reported.
There were also reports of deadly clashes with police and military, a nationwide internet blackout and buildings damaged in three major cities.
In line with the European Union’s position, Romania’s foreign ministry called for a peaceful settlement and dialogue.
It said it has received just two requests for information on the flights out of the country.
Tens of thousands of Romanians were deported to Kazakhstan from Soviet-occupied areas in 1941 during World War II.
Revoltele din Kazahstan și norocul României