The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes six post-Soviet states, has sent troops to Kazakhstan. From Russia, the contingent included units of the Airborne Forces, the secretariat of the organization reports.
It is reported that the CSTO peacekeeping forces included the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.
"The main tasks of the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces will be the protection of important state and military facilities, assistance to the law enforcement forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan in stabilizing the situation and returning it to the legal field," the statement reads.
On the Russian side, the organization included military units of the Airborne Forces. They are transferred to the territory of Kazakhstan. At the same time, the advanced units of the CSTO are already fulfilling their tasks, the secretariat said.
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.
After a couple days of antigovernment protests the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.
Later, a state of emergency was declared in Kazakhstan by the new Cabinet. At the same time, Tokayev called for military assistance from the CSTO member states.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan.