Careless remarks by a minister in Kazakhstan touched off a diplomatic dispute with Kyrgyzstan and are now causing a backlash in his home country too.
It all started earlier this week, when Culture and Sport Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediyuly digressed from his praise of the works of celebrated Kyrgyz author Chingiz Aitmatov to grossly patronize Kyrgyz citizens working in Russia.
“It is such a pity when you fly into Moscow or other cities and see that public toilets are being cleaned by young girls from our neighboring country. This cannot but offend one’s sensibilities. What could she have done to deserve this and at such a young age — to have to clean a public toilet?” the minister was cited as saying by Tengri news website.
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