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Russia reacts furiously to Blinken jibe over troops in Kazakhstan

CommoditiesJan 08, 2022 03:25PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in the briefing room of the State Department in Washington, U.S. January 7, 2022. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia responded angrily on Saturday to a comment by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Kazakhstan might have a hard time getting rid of Russian troops, saying he should reflect instead on U.S. military meddling around the world.

Blinken on Friday challenged Russia's justification for sending forces into Kazakhstan https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/kazakhstan-detains-ex-security-chief-crisis-convulses-nation-2022-01-08 after days of violent unrest in the Central Asian country.

"One lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it's sometimes very difficult to get them to leave," Blinken said.

Russia's foreign ministry called Blinken's remark "typically offensive" and accused him of joking about tragic events in Kazakhstan. It said Washington should analyse its own track record of interventions in countries such as Vietnam and Iraq.

"If Antony Blinken loves history lessons so much, then he should take the following into account: when Americans are in your house, it can be difficult to stay alive and not be robbed or raped," the ministry said on its Telegram social media channel.

"We are taught this not only by the recent past but by all 300 years of American statehood."

The ministry said the deployment in Kazakhstan was a legitimate response to Kazakhstan's request for support from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, an alliance of ex-Soviet states that includes Russia.

The Kazakh intervention comes at a time of high tension in Moscow's relations with Washington as the two countries prepare for talks on the Ukraine crisis starting on Monday.

Moscow has deployed large numbers of troops near its border with Ukraine but denies Western suggestions it plans to invade.

Russia reacts furiously to Blinken jibe over troops in Kazakhstan
 

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Lucky Man
Lucky Man Jan 09, 2022 12:01AM ET
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GOOD Opportunity to take back the kazaks by russia
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jan 08, 2022 11:21PM ET
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He deserved the barb. Americas post WW policies are colonial & pretty dang barbaric. Plus, the founding fathers expressly wanted to stay out of all European issues. Globalism is smelly disfunction & incessant complication on a stick.
John Smit
John Smit Jan 08, 2022 11:12PM ET
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"One lesson of recent history is that once Americans are in your house, it's sometimes very difficult to get them to leave," History said.
caleb wong
caleb wong Jan 08, 2022 6:53PM ET
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blinken got jizzed
En Game
En Game Jan 08, 2022 6:46PM ET
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the Russians learned from the best
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Jan 08, 2022 6:22PM ET
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What's the purpose for the U.S.A. to have military bases all over the world like the old Roman Legions to protect its borders when the country is destroying itself from the inside with the most daily murders, killings, suicides, civil unrest, political civil war, over doses,virus deaths, and with a mirage of a economy.....Great job in destroying your fake Republic and country.
Sumanta Guha
Sumanta Guha Jan 08, 2022 5:53PM ET
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Got to be a joke. The US telling off Russia for intervening in another country.
Mark Dehn
Mark Dehn Jan 08, 2022 5:03PM ET
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Kazakhstan could have been free, no we are looking generations of dictators backed by Russian allies.
Pedro Martins
Pedro Martins Jan 08, 2022 4:10PM ET
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Americans still playing a dangerous game...expansionism. The Warsaw pact ended thanks to Gorbachev but NATO keeps working....and expanding...
Neurotoxin Pridebreaker
Neurotoxin Pridebreaker Jan 08, 2022 4:10PM ET
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The Warsaw Pact ended thanks to Reagan forcing Gorbachev to choose between bread and missiles.
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Steffen vdm Jan 08, 2022 4:01PM ET
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Native Americans are still waiting for you to leave....
Steve Bojo
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Anyone born here is a Native American. Perhaps your referring to the nomadic tribes?
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You people so ignorant
Miriam Morkhul
Miriam Morkhul Jan 08, 2022 4:01PM ET
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Are you sure about that? I'm pretty sure they get revenue from exclusive rights to casinos, they are the only ethnic group with exklusive land and hunting rights. When they feel like it they enjoy modernity built by the white man.
 
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