Thursday, July 25

Kazakhstan

Erdogan and Putin May be in Talks About Ukraine in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, News, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine

Erdogan and Putin May be in Talks About Ukraine in Kazakhstan

According to the Kremlin, President Putin may talk with his Turkish counterpart Erdogan at a summit in Kazakhstan this week about a Turkish proposal to mediate between Russia and the West again. Erdogan is the leader of a NATO member state and has been trying to mediate between Ukraine and Russia since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started. However, unlike many Western countries, Turkey has not declared any sanctions against Russia. Erdogan maintains good relations with both belligerent countries and has managed to keep the shipment of food products from Ukrainian ports out of the fray. In addition, a temporary agreement was signed between Russia, Ukraine and the UN in July. According to the UN, that agreement is likely to be extended in November. An Asian CICA summit will ...
Protesters Against High Gas Prices Break into City Hall of Kazakh Capital Almaty
Kazakhstan, News

Protesters Against High Gas Prices Break into City Hall of Kazakh Capital Almaty

On Wednesday, a group of protesters broke into the main Almaty city council building. Kazakhstan's financial capital, in the southeast, is gripped by unprecedented unrest following the rise in gas prices.   Police fired sound grenades and used tear gas at the crowd of several thousand people but could not prevent them from entering the building, a reporter from France's AFP news agency said on the scene. Protesters used police batons and shields. Kazakhstan news agency Tengrinews released video footage showing flames emanating from the side of the building in Almaty. Black smoke rises from the building. Demonstrations without prior authorization are banned in Kazakhstan, an authoritarian former Soviet republic and the largest economy in Central Asia. After a price hike for liquefi...