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BISHKEK, February 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Foreign Ministries of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan consider statements by LDPR (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky that Central Asian republics should be part of Russia unacceptable and humiliating.
The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry reported that the LDPR leader’s statements “express bewilderment. The statements run counter to strategic partnership between the two countries countries”.
“Being an official and deputy speaker of the State Duma, lower house of Russia’s parliament, Zhirinovsky makes unacceptable statements, which humiliate the Kyrgyz people’s feelings,” the ministry said.
“We expect the Russian authorities to give an assessment to Zhirinovsky’s statements and their contents’ conformity to Russia’s policy towards Kyrgyzstan,” it said.
In the spring of 2013, the Kyrgyz parliament voted for declaring Zhirinovsky a persona non grata. Zhirinovsky said Kyrgyzstan’s resort zone Issyk Kul should be given to Russia in exchange for Kyrgyzstan’s debts.
The Kazakhstani Foreign Ministry said Zhirinovsky, “who occupies a high post, should be responsible for his statements”.
“This is not the first time when Zhirinovsky makes unacceptable statements. We ask Russia to give an assessment to Zhirinovsky’s statements, which run counter to the spirit of strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and Russia,” the statement says.
At present, Kazakhstan “is considering a possibility to take diplomatic measures against Zhirinovsky”, the document adds.