picture of Péter Szijjártó

Hungary’s diplomats in Kazakhstan are in constant contact with Hungarian citizens in the country, Péter Szijjártó (pictured) said on Facebook. According to the Foreign Minister, eleven of them – nine in Almaty, one in Nur-Sultan, and one in Aktobe – indicated that they wanted to leave Kazakhstan.

“The staff of the embassy in Nur-Sultan and the Consulate General in Almaty are doing their best to help them, but there are currently major obstacles for both air travel and road travel between cities, and completely impossible in many cases,” said Péter Szijjártó.

Kazakhstan is our strategic partner, so we are closely following the events there.

-wrote Szijjártó on social media. The Foreign Minister also said that he had contacted the Secretary General of the Organization of Turkish States on Thursday about the matter.

Protests in the Central Asian nation broke out this week due to the rising price of liquified gas, but social demands soon morphed into a revolt against the ruling power. By Wednesday night, the country had already turned violent, by which time the originl cause of the protests had been forgotten.

After these events, price hikes on liquified gas were reversed and the Kazakh government resigned, but dozens of people have lost their lives in the ensuing clashes.

[Magyar Hang, HVG][Photo: Péter Szijjártó / Facebook]

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.