The peacekeeping contingent of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) guards a number of strategic facilities in Kazakhstan. On Sunday, January 9, the press service of the President of the Republic Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev told reporters about this following a meeting of the operational headquarters.
“The head of state was informed that the law enforcement agencies and the armed forces are taking measures to restore order and legality in the country, ensuring compliance with the state of emergency in the regions. Checkpoints have been set up, a number of strategic facilities have been transferred to the united peacekeeping contingent of the CSTO member states, ”the statement says.
Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2. Participants of the rallies opposed the rise in prices for liquefied gas. The actions soon escalated into riots.
The situation has become especially aggravated in the largest city of the country – Alma-Ata. The protesters broke into the administration building, set fire to the building of the prosecutor’s office and the office of the ruling party.
In addition, radical protesters armed themselves and began looting, destroying shops, pharmacies and banks in the city. The criminals ransacked the offices of five TV channels, tried to attack a pre-trial detention center in the city of Taldykorgan and attempted to enter the territory of a military unit in the Aktobe region.
The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, noted that the seized government offices were terrorist groups. He added that the bandits who caused the riots had received extensive training abroad.
The commandant’s office in Alma-Ata also stated that the violent actions of the attackers testified to the terrorist and extremist nature of the bandit formations.
A resident of Nur-Sultan called the events in Alma-Ata looting and massacre, not a peaceful protest.
The presidential administration of the country noted that among the militants operating in Alma-Ata there were snipers with special rifles.
On January 5, the President of Kazakhstan announced that he had applied to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia) for help in overcoming the terrorist threat. After that, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who holds the post of CSTO chairman, announced that the organization would send collective peacekeeping forces to the republic for a limited period of time to stabilize the situation.
Later, the CSTO secretariat reported that the Russian part of the peacekeeping contingent was being transferred to Kazakhstan by military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces. Il-76 and An-124 planes with Russian peacekeepers and equipment arrived in the republic. The military began to carry out the assigned tasks. In addition, Belarusian peacekeepers arrived in Kazakhstan, and peacekeepers from Kyrgyzstan have already been delivered to Kazakhstan. In addition, the Russian side helped in the transfer of Armenian troops from the CSTO peacekeepers to Kazakhstan.
CSTO peacekeepers help Kazakhstani law enforcement officers ensure the safety of life support facilities, social infrastructure, and airports.