The Minister of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan, Askar Umarov, in an interview with Sputnik, Kazakhstan said that he has great respect for the Russian Federation, its history and traditions.
During his first interview in his new position, the minister denied accusations of disrespect for the history of the Russian Federation and the memory of the Great Patriotic War. Askar Umarov called understandable, but exhausted, the accusations that sounded against him “based on skirmishes in social networks more than 10 years ago.”
“This virtual rubbish has decayed long ago,” the minister noted.
“The Great Patriotic War is the bloodiest war in the history of mankind, the victims of which were tens of millions of people,” Umarov stressed. He added that this war “a priori could not be someone else’s,” as it touched every family.
“Our great-grandfathers heroically participated in the battles, died on the battlefields. Therefore, in our countries, Victory Day is celebrated with special feelings,” the minister said.
Umarov was appointed Minister of Information and Social Development on 11 January. He is known for his Russophobic statements, in connection with which he is banned from entering Russia.
Earlier, the head of the state corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, advised the new Minister of Information of Kazakhstan, Askar Umarov, not to visit the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Askar Umarov’s nationalist statements were unacceptable.