Head of the Russian Airborne Forces appointed Commander of the CSTO peacekeepers in Kazakhstan

The representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov said that the paratroopers sent to Kazakhstan have “real combat experience” and have already begun to fulfill their assigned tasks

Andrey Serdyukov

The actions of the peacekeeping forces sent to Kazakhstan by the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), will be led by the commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

“ The Russian peacekeeping forces include units of the 45th separate brigade of the airborne special forces, the 98th airborne division of the airborne forces and the 31st separate brigade of the airborne forces. All servicemen of the Russian contingent have undergone special training and have real combat experience, '', & mdash; Konashenkov noted.

According to him, for the transfer of Russian military personnel to Kazakhstan, as well as units of peacekeepers from Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, a special air group has been created, which includes more than 70 Il-76 transport aircraft, as well as five An- 124 Ruslan.

Who is Andrey Serdyukov

Andrey Serdyukov, a graduate of the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School, as well as the Frunze Military Academy and the General Staff Military Academy, was appointed commander of the Airborne Forces in October 2016. Prior to that, he served in various positions in the Airborne Forces and ground forces, was the commander of the 138th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade and the 106th Guards Airborne Division, commanded the 5th Army of the Eastern Military District, was the deputy commander of the Southern Military District. After being appointed head of the Airborne Forces & mdash; from April to September 2019 & mdash; commanded a grouping of Russian armed forces in Syria.

In 2020, Colonel General Serdyukov was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation. In addition, he was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland. III degree and IV degree with swords, Alexander Nevsky, Courage, “ For military merit '', Honor and other awards.

Konashenkov emphasized that the Russian paratroopers who had arrived in Kazakhstan had already begun to fulfill their assigned tasks and took full control of the Almaty airport. “ The security of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation located in the city and other important facilities is ensured. CSTO peacekeepers provide assistance to law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan in maintaining law and order '', & mdash; explained the representative of the Ministry of Defense.

At a meeting of the counterterrorism headquarters held on January 7 under the leadership of Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, it was stated that the units of the CSTO united peacekeeping contingent were used “ to assist in restoring order. ''

Dauren Abaev, the first deputy head of the presidential administration of Kazakhstan, said that peacekeepers do not take part in hostilities.

“ The mission is peacekeeping. The CSTO soldiers do not participate in hostilities, they are not engaged in the elimination of militants. One should not confuse a peacekeeping mission with the deployment of a collective rapid reaction force. At the same time, the CSTO peacekeepers will perform cover and security functions, '', & mdash; said Abaev.

The President of Kazakhstan on January 5 appealed to the CSTO with a request to provide assistance. “ This is an undermining of the integrity of the state, and, most importantly, it is an attack on our citizens, '' & mdash; he appreciated the unrest that had begun in the country. On the night of January 6, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who now holds the post of chairman of the Collective Security Council, announced the CSTO's decision to introduce collective peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan in accordance with Art. 4 Collective security treaties. This article provides for the immediate provision of assistance (including military) to the state due to an attack from outside.

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