The US raised concerns about the shoot-to-kill order issued by the President of Kazakhstan.


The US raised concerns about the shoot-to-kill order issued by the President of Kazakhstan.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said the world is monitoring that there are no human rights violations after the entry of Russian troops.

The White House on Friday expressed concern about the order of the President of Kazakhstan, Kasim-Yomart Tokáyev, to "shoot to kill" against protesters in the country and warned that it will remain alert to any abuse of human rights.

"This order is concerning," said Deputy White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, speaking to reporters aboard the presidential plane during a trip to Colorado.

“The world will be watching for any violation of human rights. Therefore, we call on all parties to respect their international human rights obligations, practice containment and put an end to this crisis, ”he added.

In a speech to the nation, the president of Kazakhstan said on Friday that he had given the order to "shoot to kill without warning" against the protesters, whom he referred to as "armed bandits" and "terrorists."

At least 26 protesters and 18 security officers have been killed and hundreds injured in the riots and clashes, while thousands of people have been detained.

The Kazakh president accused foreign media and politicians of instigating the protests that began after announcing a sharp rise in the price of liquefied gas for vehicles.

Russia sent more than 70 military aircraft and an unknown number of soldiers to the neighboring country on Friday, at the request of Tokáyev, within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) framework, a military alliance of six former Soviet republics.

Apart from the Russian soldiers, units from Belarus, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia, all of them CSTO member countries, were also transferred to Kazakhstan.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, also referred to the crisis in Kazakhstan during a press conference this Friday. He urged to resolve the problem without ceasing to "respect" human rights.

"We have urged the (Kazakh) authorities to respond appropriately, proportionate, and to respect the rights of the protesters," said Blinken, who highlighted the need to "restore the internet" in the Asian country.

The Kazakh authorities have blocked internet access in the country after the outbreak of the riots.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken,  warned during a press conference that it would be "tough" to withdraw the Russians from Kazakhstan and reduce Russian influence after inviting troops to quell the unrest. "I think a lesson from recent history is that once the Russians are home, it is sometimes tough to make them leave,  " Blinken told reporters.