Two more planes with Russian peacekeepers with Russian peacekeepers from the CSTO peacekeeping forces arrived from Kazakhstan. This was announced on Saturday, January 15, in the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.
“Eight planes with Russian peacekeepers from the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO arrived at the Severny airfield (Ivanovo city) from Kazakhstan,” the report says.
The first six planes with Russian peacekeepers from the CSTO peacekeeping forces arrived at the Severny airfield earlier that day. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation noted that after the landing of the last aircraft on the airfield of the airfield, solemn events of the meeting of Russian paratroopers will be held.
The fact that Russian peacekeepers of the CSTO forces and equipment will be delivered from Kazakhstan to Russia on January 15 was reported in the department earlier that day. It was noted that 15 Il-76 aircraft and three An-124s of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces will deliver the personnel and equipment of the Airborne Forces units to airfields in the Ivanovo and Moscow regions.
A day earlier, 10 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered the Belarusian military from the CSTO forces from Kazakhstan to the Minsk region. Also, according to the agency, the peacekeeping contingents of Armenia and Tajikistan will be delivered to the points of permanent deployment by aircraft of the military aviation aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
On January 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a working meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, said that the CSTO peacekeeping forces played a very important role in stabilizing the situation in Kazakhstan. Shoigu said that the withdrawal of the peacekeeping contingent of the CSTO countries should be completed on January 19.
On January 2, protests began in Kazakhstan due to the rise in prices for liquefied gas. In some cities, rallies escalated into riots. The situation has become especially aggravated in the largest city of the country – Alma-Ata.
Radical rioters broke into the administration building, set fire to the prosecutor’s office, the office of the ruling party and seized the presidential residence. During the riots in Kazakhstan, 17 security officials were killed, two of them were beheaded.
For help in overcoming the terrorist threat, the President of the Republic, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, turned to the CSTO (which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia). Collective peacekeeping forces were sent to Kazakhstan, which took under protection a number of strategic facilities. On January 12, the CSTO peacekeeping operation in Kazakhstan was completed. According to the leader of the republic, the presence of the CSTO peacekeepers made it possible to stabilize the situation in the country, the mission was very successful.