Astana plans to discuss increasing number of Russians coming to Kazakhstan with Moscow
The number of Russians arriving in Kazakhstan has increased dramatically, and Astana intends to hold talks with Moscow to discuss the problem – as stated by the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, RIA Novosti reports
Mr. Tokayev noted that many people from Russia have been arriving in the country in recent days, most of whom ‘have to leave because of the current hopeless situation’. "We must take care of them and ensure their safety. This is a political and humanitarian issue," the President of Kazakhstan stressed, adding that he had instructed the government to take the necessary measures.
The Kazakh leader assured that visitors from abroad will be provided with the assistance they need. “They will not receive any preferences, all work must be carried out in accordance with the law and our obligations,” he stressed. “We will hold talks with the Russian side and will solve this problem in the interests of our country.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilisation in Russia on September 21st. As informed by the Acting Chairman of the Migration Service Committee of Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry, about 98,000 Russians have entered Kazakhstan, and more than 64,000 citizens of the Russian Federation have left the country since then.