CSTO approves deployment of troops to Kazakhstan

Source : 112 Ukraine

The troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will stay in Kazakhstan for a limited period; their main task will be to restore order in the country
08:02, 6 January 2022


The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes six post-Soviet states, has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan, where mass protests accompanied by riots are currently taking place as Armenian Prime Minister, current chairman of the CSTO Collective Security Council, Nikol Pashinyan reported on Facebook.

"In connection with the appeal of Kazakhstan's President K.-J. Tokayev and in view of the threat to national security and sovereignty of the Republic of Kazakhstan caused, among other things, by interference from outside, the CSTO Collective Security Council decided, in accordance with Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty, to send CSTO collective peacekeeping forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan," Pashinyan said.

Related: Eight police and national guard troops dead, 317 injured during unrest in Kazakhstan

According to him, CSTO troops will stay in Kazakhstan for a limited period. Their main goal will be to stabilize and normalize the situation in that country.

Members of the CSTO are Tajikistan, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

According to KazTAG, a Russian air regiment at a military airfield near Orenburg has been put on alert for dispatch to Kazakhstan. In addition, the 11th Separate Guards Engineer Brigade, now stationed in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, may be transferred to the republic.

Related: Protesters storm district department of internal affairs in Almaty; police use stun grenades

In the beginning of 2022 protests erupted in Kazakhstan after the increase in the price of liquefied gas. Demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, make arrests. Kazakh TV channels suspended broadcasting.

After a couple of days of anti-government protests, the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.

On January 5, a state of emergency was declared all over Kazakhstan amid massive fuel price protests.


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