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Kazakhstan authorities: Situation stabilised, Russian-led alliance guarding strategic facilities

Source : 112 Ukraine

Security and intelligence officials briefed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that they were continuing clean-up actions in what he has called a huge counter-terrorism operation
16:36, 9 January 2022

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Kazakhstan authorities said they had stabilized the situation across the country after the outbreak of violence, and troops from a Russian-led military alliance were guarding "strategic facilities." This is reported by Reuters.

Security and intelligence officials briefed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that they were continuing clean-up actions in what he has called a huge counter-terrorism operation across the oil-producing republic that borders Russia and China.

Dozens of people have been killed, thousands detained and public buildings torched over the past week, prompting Tokayev to issue shoot-to-kill orders to end unrest he has blamed on bandits and terrorists.

At Tokayev's invitation, the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) sent troops to restore order, an intervention that comes at a time of high tension in Russia-U.S. relations ahead of talks this week on the Ukraine crisis.

Related: "No optimistic expectations": Russia on talks with US in Geneva

"A number of strategic facilities have been transferred under the protection of the united peacekeeping contingent of the CSTO member states," the presidential office said in a statement detailing the security briefing chaired by Tokayev.

It did not identify the facilities. Last week, Russia's space agency said security had been strengthened around Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome, used by Russia for space launches. The protests disrupted production at the Chevron-operated Tengiz oil field.

"The situation has been stabilized in all regions of the country," it said, adding law enforcement agencies had seized back control of administrative buildings and vital services were being restored.

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