Kazakhstan to send note to Russia over politician's "unacceptable" remarks

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-2-26 9:57:10

 The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said it will send a note to Moscow over Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky's "unacceptable" remarks concerning the Central Asian country.

Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and vice chairman of the State Duma, reportedly said during a rally in Moscow last week that Central Asian countries should be organized into a federal region of Russia with its administrative center in the Kazakh city of Almaty.

"In our opinion, a man of such status should make his public statements seriously and responsibly. It is necessary to point out that this is not the first time he has made such unacceptable statements," said Kazakh foreign ministry spokesman Zhanbolat Usenov.

The Foreign Ministry said it would ask Russia to consider the harmful effects of Zhirinovsky's statement to the bilateral partnership and was considering personal diplomatic measures against the politician.

In 2005, Zhirinovsky, who is well known for his controversial nationalist rhetoric, made negative statements in a TV interview about the history of Kazakhstan, the Kazakh language and administrative arrangements of the country. He was then declared persona non grata in Kazakhstan.

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