Kazakhstan Worries About Catalonia, Thinks About Home
Kazakhstan’s government engaged in some not-so-subtle signaling over the weekend by issuing a statement on Catalonia to convey its support for the “territorial integrity” of Spain.
While being careful to note that what happens inside Spain is Madrid’s business alone, the Foreign Ministry in Astana is sending a message on separatism that is worth decoding.
Kazakhstan’s clarity represents a notable contrast with Russia’s stance, which has been typically mischievous. In an October 11 statement on the unfolding situation in Catalonia, Russia’s Foreign Ministry expressed hopefulness that the situation would be “resolved through dialogue within the strict framework of Spanish legislation in the interests of a united and flourishing Spain.”
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