Tokayev announces completion of CSTO peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan

Source : 112 Ukraine

CSTO troops withdrawal will not take more than 10 days
08:03, 11 January 2022

Kassym-Zhomart Tokaev

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev has declared the end of a peacekeeping mission of CSTO troops in the country as Sputnik Kazakhstan reported.

"In two days their withdrawal will begin," Tokayev said.

According to him, the peacekeeping contingent will start to leave the country in stages, from January 13. The withdrawal of CSTO troops will not take more than 10 days.

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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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Besides, 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. Already 2,500 military personnel from CSTO countries have arrived in Kazakhstan.

An anti-terrorist operation is under way, and authorities say they have all government facilities under control. President Tokayev has authorized the security forces to open fire on "criminals" without warning.



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