© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken speaks in the State Department briefing room in Washington, US January 7, 2022. Andrew Harnick/Paul via Reuters/File Photo
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia reacted angrily to Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken’s comment on Saturday that Kazakhstan might struggle to get rid of Russian forces, saying it should instead consider US military intervention around the world.
Blinken on Friday challenged Russia’s justification for sending troops to Kazakhstan https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/kazakhstan-detains-ex-security-chief-crisis-convulses-nation-2022-01-08 days later Violent turmoil in this Central Asian country.
“One of the lessons from recent history is that once Russians get into your house, it’s sometimes hard to turn them away,” Blinken said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called Blinkin’s comments “generally offensive” and accused her of joking about the tragic events in Kazakhstan. He said Washington should analyze its history of interfering in countries such as Vietnam and Iraq.
“If Anthony Blinken is enjoying history lessons so much, he should consider the following: When Americans are in your home, it can be difficult to survive and not be robbed or raped,” the department said on its Telegram channel. .
We learned this not only from the recent past, but from 300 years of the American state. “
The ministry stated that the deployment in Kazakhstan was a legitimate response to Kazakhstan’s request to support the Collective Safety Treaty Organization, an alliance of former Soviet Union countries 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 Monday.
Moscow has deployed a large number of troops near its border with Ukraine, but denies Western insinuations that it is planning to invade it.