The CSTO peacekeeping forces will stay in Kazakhstan until the situation in the country stabilizes. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wrote about this on his Twitter page. At the same time, he stressed that the special operation will be completed in a “short period of time.”
On January 5, the Kazakh authorities announced their intention to involve the CSTO peacekeepers to normalize the situation and resist the pogromists. The first board with the Russian military arrived in Alma-Ata on January 6. Later, peacekeepers from Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan left for the republic.
We will remind, protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2, on Sunday. The formal reason was the increase in gas fuel prices. In early January, the cost of a liter doubled to 120 tenge (the equivalent of 20 rubles). Further, economic demands quickly faded into the background and were replaced by political ones.
The protesters demanded the resignation of the government and new elections. In addition, the crowd insisted on lustration of politicians and businessmen who were part of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s team.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization includes six countries. The peacekeeping contingent of the OBKB is called the collective rapid deployment forces of the Central Asian region. Any of the CSTO member countries can turn to the organization for help in protecting external borders or putting things in order inside the country. Tokayev used this right, referring to the “demand of citizens to ensure their safety.” Many public figures called for abandoning the introduction of troops into Kazakhstan.