Tokayev with the phrase “from the evil one” assessed the data on the infringement of the Russian language
Tokayev rejected the data on the reduction in the number of Russian-language schools in Kazakhstan, calling the arguments about this politicization. There is a noticeable trend towards an increase in interest in the Kazakh language, but Kazakhs also need to speak Russian, he added
In Kazakhstan, there is no dynamics of the deterioration of the situation with the Russian language, but the demand for the use of Kazakh in teaching is growing language, Astana must ensure the interests of these people, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel.
The journalist informed the President of Kazakhstan about differing data from sources, according to which the number of schools teaching in Russian has either decreased or increased in the republic over the past three years.
“Those who claim that the position of the Russian language in Kazakhstan decreased, narrowed, and all the more so they became flawed, they go very strongly against the truth. These are all arguments from the evil one in order to politicize this or that situation. Why this is done is another question. I, in principle, know the answer to it, — answered Tokaev.
The President of Kazakhstan stressed that the position of the Russian language in the republic “as a whole has not undergone any deterioration”, the number of schools teaching in Russian has remained the same. At the same time, it is impossible not to notice the increase in interest in teaching in the Kazakh language, he continued, the authorities of Kazakhstan should ensure the desires of people who want to send their children to schools and kindergartens with instruction in the Kazakh language.
“In the end ,Kazakhstan— in the very name of our state, the name Kazakh sounds, — he emphasized.
At the same time, without knowledge of the Russian language, it will be “very difficult” for the residents of Kazakhstan, Tokayev said, noting that Russia and Kazakhstan have the longest border in the world. He added: “We are, as they say, god-given neighbors, and Kazakhs need to be fluent in Russian, but at the same time know their own language.”
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Astana does not intend to withdraw from the CSTO and the EAEU, the data on this is also not true, the President of Kazakhstan continued, pointing out that during the January protests, “for the first time in 30 years, the CSTO somehow showed itself.” The President of Kazakhstan pointed out that in Russia “some people are misrepresenting the situation” when they say that it was Moscow that helped Astana, and not the CSTO.
“Russia [supposedly] saved the situation, and Kazakhstan must serve forever and bow at the feet of Russia. Unjustified reasoning, far from reality,»,— summed up Tokayev.
In mid-January, the Kazakh ambassador to Russia, Yermek Kosherbaev, said that almost every inhabitant of the republic speaks Russian, and the problem is the situation with the spread of the Kazakh language. “That is, the Russian language, as it is, remains & mdash; and this is written in the Constitution & mdash; the language of interethnic communication, & mdash; stressed the diplomat.
In September last year, Tokayev also urged not to interfere with the use of the Russian language. He then expressed an opinion that there were no signs of limited use of the Kazakh language.
Last year, Kazakh nationalists organized the so-called language patrols— verification of the use of the Kazakh language in shops and public institutions. The raids took place in Nur-Sultan, Alma-Ata, Pavlodar, Uralsk and other cities. The head of Rossotrudnichestvo, Yevgeny Primakov, then accused the authorities of Kazakhstan that they did not interfere with these actions.
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