The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry — about being rude to Kazakhstan.
Almazbek Atambayev effected something of an about-face this week, partly rowing back on the harsh comments about Kazakhstan that precipitated an economically damaging diplomatic row.
In a gesture of partial humility, Almazbek Atambayev said on October 18 that he “probably was not right” when he recently criticized his Kazakhstan counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
“I probably wasn’t right when I emotively spoke about President Nazarbayev. He is such a trusting person, as I am, and he probably has to deal with more problems than I do,” he said.
Atambayev did, however, lace his bowing and scraping with another pop at “Kazakhstan’s oligarchs” and their willingness to please the United States at all costs.
“Nazarbayev’s entourage are oligarchs, Kazakh billionaires who think not about Kazakhstan and not about Nazarbayev, but about their own future, since all their billion-dollar accounts are in western banks, which are of course controlled by the US currency system,” he said.
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