Astana, Kazakhstan, March 28
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakhstan takes a balanced and realistic position on the situation in Ukraine, official representative of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry Zhanbolat Ussenov said at the briefing on March 28. The statement was made in response to the note of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on the statements of President Nursultan Nazarbayev at a press conference in The Hague.
"The head of state repeatedly , including in The Hague, called for the release of the Ukrainian crisis through peaceful negotiations all parties nationwide, truly representative democratic elections and promoting the economic reconstruction of the country," he said.
Ussenov noted that Kazakh Foreign Ministry took note of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry bewildered.
Usenov said on March 28 that chargé d'affaires of Ukraine in Kazakhstan will be invited to the Foreign Ministry to re- clarify the official position of Kazakhstan in the Ukrainian crisis."In writing to respond to the note said we are not going," he added.
Recall that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazrbayev said that primary task for Ukraine today is return to the legal field which means holding elections. "A legitimate president, parliament and government should be elected. Then it is necessary to hold peace talks on this basis and jointly find a way out of this situation."
"Astana does not see in these statements "grievances Ukrainian side"," the Kazakh Foreign Ministry representative said.
Usenov also said that Astana accepted referendum in the Crimea as a free expression of the will of the population.
The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.Most countries refused to recognize the referendum's results. An agreement on the adoption of the Crimea to Russia was signed on March 18 in Kremlin.
Kazakhstan abstained in the UN vote on the resolution on Ukraine's territorial integrity .
On the eve of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry handed the Kazakh side note, which expressed concern about the statement of the president of Kazakhstan on the events in Ukraine at the briefing in The Hague on March 25. It was noted that these statements are contrary to the generally accepted norms of international law and the position of the majority of the world, contrary to partnership between the two countries and are unacceptable for Ukraine.
Translated by S.I.
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