Invitation of Tony Blair as adviser response to grotesque movie on Kazakhstan

Politics Materials 19 November 2011 12:46 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov 19 / Trend, K.Konirova/

"Invitation of the British ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair as an adviser by Akorda authorities is a response to Borat grotesque movie about Kazakhstan," Russian television anchorman,
Editor-in-chief of the Russian and international network of information programs board ORT Pavel Sheremet believes.

"There in nothing wrong in the fact that Tony Blair has become an adviser to the Kazakh authorities. It points to several things. First of all, that Western politicians can do any work for money," Sheremet told Trend on Friday.

He recalled that in due time, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder led the company in Russia, which was involved in implementation of the "Nord Stream" project.

"Secondly, Kazakhstan now wants to promote its image in Europe and in the world primarily from economic point of view. Kazakhstan needs to attract foreign investors, and Tony Blair is a world political star and a great speaker," the Russian journalist said.

Sheremet believes that accepting the invitation to become an adviser Tony Blair has "informally agrees to bring Kazakhstan's viewpoint to the Western politicians and investors".

"Invitation of Tony Blair is a kind of response to Borat that has shot a grotesque film that reflected the complex of stereotypes of the Europeans, taking Kazakhstan as an example. Somebody apprehended the film adequately, while some investors seriously. Therefore, Tony Blair's consent is a strong incentive for investors to come to Kazakhstan, rather than an image," Sheremet underlined.

Sheremet considers versions of some Russian media reports that events in Kazakhstan repeats the Libyan scenario, because Tony Blair was an adviser to the country's former leader Gaddafi, is are not real.

"Attempts to draw a parallel between Kazakhstan and Libya - is already juggling" he concluded.