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Moscow concerned about conflict between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

The head of the Eurasian Analytical Club, Nikita Mendkovich, shared his opinion with 24.kg news agency on the reasons for emerged confrontation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and as a consequence of this — a tense situation on the border, when there is a congestion of heavy and light vehicles and queues.

According to the analyst, the decision to block the border from the Kazakh side was caused by the rhetoric of Almazbek Atambayev, which followed after the meeting of Nursultan Nazarbayev with the presidential candidate Omurbek Babanov.

«This conflict is especially sad amid the longtime partnership between the countries, participation in EEU and CSTO. However, there is every reason to hope that after the elections, whatever their outcome, the relationship will begin to recover. President Atambayev does not participate in the election race, and any new head of state or prime minister (if the center of power is transferred to the government in a new political configuration) will be able to disavow this rhetoric or simply start relations from a blank slate,» Nikita Mendkovich said.

He noted that Moscow perceives this conflict with concern.

«This is a confrontation between the members of EEU and the CSTO, and this is the issue of the movement of people and goods that is the basis of the economic union. All this clearly indicates an intensification of the pre-election struggle in Kyrgyzstan. But it’s hardly worth taking sides in the tensions between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,» the expert believes.

The issue of the rule of law in EEU is more likely here. If «the blockade» has no legal basis, your country will be able to achieve its withdrawal through the arbitration bodies of the Union

Nikita Mendkovich

He added that during the presidential elections detente will also be hampered by the domestic political context within which Kyrgyz politicians will be forced to put more tactical tasks in front of them.

Users of social networks began to report about problems while passing control on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. People post photos and videos, which demonstrate huge queues. Some citizens suggested that the difficulties relate to the recent statement by the President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev, in which he told about the leaders, imposed on Kyrgyzstan by the Kazakh authorities. The authorities of the neighboring republic immediately reminded us of the financial assistance provided, and problems on the border began.