Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Zhaparov Responded to “Demands to Decide” on Country’s Position on Ukraine
Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Akylbek Zhaparov responded to his request to decide on Bishkek’s stance regarding the events in Ukraine, where Russia launched a special operation on February 24. This is reported by 24.kg.
“I will be honest. We are being asked for a definition from all sides. They demand support for one side of the conflict. Yes, now our country is divided into two camps. At the level of the individual, this approach is justified. Everyone starts from their personal sympathies and world view. But at the state level, I find such an approach reckless and irresponsible,” Zhaparov said at a cabinet meeting.
He stressed that Kyrgyzstan is a small country on which little else in the world depends, but a ill-considered decision could cause major problems for its own people.
On March 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the recall of the ambassador from Kyrgyzstan for “justification of aggression”. The Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would not engage in a debate with Kiev because “the Ukrainian people and the country’s leaders are going through difficult times”.