Secretary of State of Kazakhstan spoke about the work of the CSTO mission

Secretary of State of Kazakhstan: CSTO forces will not be involved in all regions of the country The CSTO mission is of a peacekeeping nature and is designed for a short time, the Secretary of State of Kazakhstan emphasized. The forces of the peacekeeping mission will withdraw from the country after the situation has stabilized

The forces of the peacekeeping mission of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will not be involved in all regions of Kazakhstan, State Secretary of the country Yerlan Karin said in Telegram.

“ The CSTO forces will not be deployed in all regions. They will locally provide security for vital facilities. This is a reasonable measure ', & mdash; he wrote.

Karin stressed that the CSTO mission is peacekeeping. It is designed for a short time, and after stabilization of the situation, the CSTO contingent will be withdrawn from Kazakhstan, the Secretary of State added.

According to him, the transfer of forces of the peacekeeping mission made it possible to “ free up the necessary resources '' and pull down special forces for the counter-terrorist operation in Alma-Ata.

On January 6, the CSTO countries began to send peacekeepers to stabilize the situation in the republic and to protect military and state facilities. From Russia, the contingent included units of the airborne troops (Airborne Forces).

The CSTO includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Art. 4 of the CSTO treaty provides that the countries & mdash; the parties to the agreement immediately provide assistance to the state, which was attacked from outside, including the military.

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev called the request for help from the CSTO appropriate, explaining that behind the unrest there are terrorist gangs'.

On January 2, protests began in Kazakhstan against the backdrop of rising gas prices. The protesters demanded a change in the current regime and the return of the 1993 Constitution, as well as an increase in wages and pensions, a decrease in the retirement age, prices for food, utilities and fuel.

Later, the protests escalated into riots , during which shops were destroyed, the city administrations, the Almaty airport were seized, clashes with the police and the military took place.

Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in the country on January 5 and announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan said that fighters who fought in hot spots took part in the riots; on the side of Islamic radicals. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow views the events in the republic as an “ outside-inspired attempt '' to violently undermine the security and integrity of the state.

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