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Jan 4, 2022
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Tokayev called for dialogue between demonstrators demanding lower gas prices

Residents of the Mangistau region, who demonstrated their demands to lower gas prices, must show a readiness for dialogue, said the head of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. RIA Novosti writes about it.

Over the weekend, residents of the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau protested. According to social media, the townspeople demanded that the cost of liquefied gas be reduced from 120 tenge ($ 0.27) to 60 tenge ($ 0.13).

Tokayev said that a government commission has begun work in Aktau, which includes employees of the presidential administration.

“The commission has been instructed to find a mutually acceptable solution to the problem in the interests of stability in our country,” the head of the republic wrote on Twitter.

Tokayev called on the demonstrators to show responsibility and readiness for dialogue. The President also noted that the protection of public order in the region is entrusted to the police.

Earlier, the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan touched upon the issue of building a gas pipeline from Barnaul to Ust-Kamenogorsk for gasification of the eastern region of the country. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak and Kazakh Energy Minister Magzum Mirzagaliev discussed the possibility of supplying natural gas to the east of the republic last fall.

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