A battle of words between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is now seemingly taking a more serious turn as a major border crossing between the two nations grinds to a near-standstill.
Kazakhstan’s border service explained on October 11 that it was intensifying security along the country’s entire perimeter so as to “prevent illegal actions … and to detect individuals involved in terrorism and smuggling.”
It does not look like many are buying that story in Kyrgyzstan, hundreds of whose citizens have been made to wait for hours since the evening of October 10 at the Kordai crossing, which is situated just outside the capital, Bishkek.
This unseemly squabble has its origins in a remarkable rant from Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev on October 7, when he lashed out in a rage over Kazakhstan’s perceived backing for one of the presidential candidates in an upcoming election.
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