Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Evgeny Primakov named the new Minister of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan Askar Umarov with “Russophobic rubbish” and said that he refused to work with him. Primakov drew attention to utterances about the Russians, which Umarov allegedly allowed.
“I am trying my best to believe that all these quotes below are not from the new Minister of Information Umarov or Askar Umarov actually did not become the Minister of Information of Kazakhstan at all. <...> Respecting the sovereignty of brotherly Kazakhstan and efforts to establish peace in the republic, I dare to recall the old, automatically working and proven rule that Rossotrudnichestvo does not maintain contacts, does not work and does not cooperate with Russophobic rubbish, which completely prevents any of our interactions with the aforementioned minister and the ministry of information headed by him in the current configuration, ”wrote Primakov.
Earlier, the head of the RT channel Margarita Simonyan published a selection of Umarov’s statements. Among them are, in particular, the following: “Do not forget that you are an imposed diaspora here, not autochthons, and say thank you that your rights are respected and you, as colonialists in other countries, are not being driven away” and “When we see that propaganda of the revival of the USSR is openly going on at our sites, anti-Americanism, anti-Sinism, anti-Turkism are being implanted, when we are denied the right to live outside someone else’s ideology – this causes a protest. “
Umarov himself statedthat “is not who he is trying to be presented.” “In all previous positions, I tried to conduct fruitful work with Russian and other partners. We did joint good projects, including for common dates such as Victory Day, etc., ”he said.