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Due to the violence, Germany stops exporting weapons in Kazakhstan

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German authorities announced on Saturday the suspension of the supply of defense products to Kazakhstan, due to the violent incidents in the country.

The German Council of Ministers said that the country’s government has stopped supplying this type of product to Kazakhstan, without providing any other details, according to the agency Dpa.

In 2021, Berlin ratified 25 contracts for the supply of defense products worth € 2.2 million to Kazakhstan.

De-escalation

In addition, Germany called for a reduction in the escalation on Friday in Kazakhstan, as the Kazakh president ordered the army to shoot to kill to quell protests.

“Violence was never the appropriate response,” German government spokeswoman Kristan Hoffmann said, adding that Berlin “calls on all parties to reduce the escalation and reach a peaceful solution to the situation.”

This came after Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced that he had ordered the security forces to open fire on “terrorists” without warning. He stressed that those he described as “terrorists” are still causing damage to property and using weapons, stressing the need to eliminate them. “We will crush those who do not give up,” he added.

Meanwhile, Russian forces have continued to flock to the country to support the security authorities, who have clashed with thousands of protesters in recent days, causing dozens of deaths and injuries on both sides.

Interestingly, the demonstrations that erupted on the second day of January were initially sparked by anger over rising fuel prices, but their scope quickly expanded to include opposition from former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who retains still broad powers in the former Soviet republic despite his resignation in 2019 after ruling the country for nearly three decades, as well as calling for the overthrow of the regime.

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