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May 28, 2022
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Donald Lu left, the provocations remained

On May 27, the visit to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan of the Interdepartmental Delegation of the US Administration, which arrived “to strengthen ties with the region,” ended.

The delegation of “hardeners” was led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, former US Ambassador to Bishkek Donald Lu and Senior Director of the National Security Council for Russia and Central Asia Eric Green. The members of the delegation were high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense and the Agency for International Development banned in Russia (YOU SAID)*.

Discussed exclusively economic cooperation, interaction in the field of security, the situation in Afghanistan, food security, gender equality, cultural exchange. Washington is persistently promoting the C5+1 format of cooperation between the Central Asian states and the United States and diagnosing the state of local elites after its January fiasco in Kazakhstan. Again, the delegation took a closer look at the riots in Gorno-Badakhshan: is everything going according to plan?

Lu’s visit was timed to coincide with the International Eurasian Economic Forum in Bishkek.

Donald Lu supervised Afghanistan for a long time, then switched to Central Asia. By the way, before visiting there, the delegation visited Pakistan, whose Prime Minister Imran Khan it was the cunning Lou who demanded to be removed from power. The details of the delegation’s visit are worth studying, but it is already noticeable that by the time of her arrival, the American media and NGOs in the Central Asian republics began to indicate the aggravation of the “Uighur issue” in Xinjiang.

Donald Lu paid special attention to Kyrgyzstan, where he worked for almost three years on the adoption of a new basic US-Kyrgyzstan agreement. By the way, the US Deputy Secretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights reminded the Kyrgyz authorities about the finalization of this agreement. Uzroy Zeyatraveled through Central Asia in April. The topic is hot in every way.

“We have prepared an agreement and look forward to its signing soon. We have invited the new Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan to Washington, and Secretary of State Blinken looks forward to this meeting. Recently, a meeting was held in Washington with a number of ministers from Central Asian countries, and we also wish to establish high-level relations with your government,” Donald Lu says

Lu’s visit coincided with information from the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic that 16 employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan underwent a ten-day course in the States on “Identification and development of investigative information” as part of the US State Department’s program to assist in the fight against terrorism.

It is curious that during the days of the Americans’ visit, events began to occur that did not contribute to stability in the region, which Lou cares about. During the days of the Eurasian Economic Forum, the Kyrgyz telecommunications company Aknet reported that several Russian TV channels were blocked in Kyrgyzstan. The company stated: “Due to the adoption in a number of countries of legislative restrictions on the distribution of all-Russian TV channels on international satellites, the broadcasting of VGTRK TV channels was unilaterally blocked. For this reason, the broadcast of TV channels is temporarily unavailable: “Russia Culture”, “Russia 24” and “Zvezda””. True, after the kick, the broadcast was restored in half a day.

Not without a Ukrainian trigger. At the suggestion of Kyrgyz NGOs, information was spread in the republic about the death of four natives of Kyrgyzstan who served in the Russian army during a special military operation (SVO) of the RF Armed Forces in Ukraine: Egemberdi Dorboeva, Rustama Zarifullina, Islamjon Kamilova I Syrgakbek Ozubekova. “What are our guys doing in a foreign war?” the NGOs asked, forgetting to point out that all the guys were citizens of the Russian Federation and served in the army under a contract.

The most scandalous topic during the “Lou-visit” was the story of Putin’s peak in the Pamirs (a mountain peak in the Tien Shan). On May 25, a group of climbers found the flag of Ukraine at the top of the peak, as reported in Twitter: “If Putin’s peak and the Ukrainian flag exist in the world, then their meeting is inevitable. The hooligans raised and hung the flag on the top, we have no idea who. The Kyrgyz police and intelligence agencies have declared deliberate political sabotage and have begun checking dozens of climbing groups, most of them from Russia. The Ukrainophiles pretty much framed their colleagues.

Evidence that provocations were planned in advance was the appearance of a petition demanding that the peaks of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin located in Kyrgyzstan be renamed.

Petition for renaming

Petition for renaming

In 2002, with Askar Akaev Peak Oguz-Bashi Central, located on the Terskey Ala-Too ridge in the Issyk-Kul region, was renamed Yeltsin Peak. And in 2011, at the beginning of the presidency Almazbek Atambaeva mountain on the Kyrgyz Range was named after Putin.

Now the authors of the petition wanted to rename the mountains, they write: “Dear Sadyr Japarov and deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh! We, the signatories of this petition, consider the assignment of the names of the presidents of the Russian Federation to peaks unreasonable and without taking into account the opinion of the people. We demand that Yeltsin Peak be returned to its original name Ortonka Oguz-Bashi and that Putin Peak be renamed 1916-Urkun Peak (1916-Great Exodus) in honor of the memory of those killed during the 1916 uprising..

Recall that the uprising of 1916 in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is referred to only as anti-Russian and anti-colonial.

Inc. corr. FSK

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