Kazakhstan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed details of the conversation with Russian Ambassador Alexei Borodavkin, Tengrinews.kz reports.
"The ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for a serious conversation. We discussed the statement made by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, which does not correspond to the spirit of equal strategic partnership. The conversation was quite tough," said the Foreign Ministry's press service.
Earlier, Kazakhstan's ambassador to Russia, Yermek Kosherbayev, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry because of the situation with the Ukrainian ambassador to Astana, Pyotr Vrublevsky. Commenting on the meeting, Zakharova said that Vrublevsky 'reappeared in the capital of Kazakhstan, and clearly not just to pack up and take his family.'
The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Aibek Smadiyarov, explained that the tone of her statements dissonant with the nature of the allied relationship between Kazakhstan and Russia as equal strategic partners.
"It was brought to the Ukrainian side about the unacceptability of statements made by Pyotr Vrublevsky that hurt the feelings of Kazakhstanis, especially ethnic Russians. The Ukrainian side was also informed about the incompatibility of such statements with the work of the ambassador. At present, we have received a request from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to appoint a new ambassador to Astana," Smadyarov said, adding that Vrublevsky now has an undesirable status in Kazakhstan.
He added that in accordance with diplomatic practice, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry will summon the Russian ambassador to discuss Zakharova's statements.