CSTO Secretary General Zas said that the duration of the presence of peacekeepers in Kazakhstan depends on the situation. The CSTO peacekeepers will be withdrawn from Kazakhstan when the authorities can control the situation themselves. While it is expected that they will stay there for a short time – from several days to weeks
Unloading of personnel and military equipment of the CSTO peacekeeping forces at the airfield in Kazakhstan
The peacekeeping forces that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) introduced into Kazakhstan at the request of the country's leadership will be withdrawn when the authorities feel they can control the situation on their own, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“ We expect that the period will be short. And in the decision of the Collective Security Council, this is exactly how & mdash; for a short period. What a short period & mdash; several days, or several weeks & mdash; it will depend on the situation that develops in Kazakhstan and, of course, on the position of the leadership of Kazakhstan '', & mdash; he explained.
According to Zas, if the authorities decide that the state of affairs in the republic is stable and the situation is “ controlled by its own forces without the help of all our states '', then the peacekeepers will leave Kazakhstan.
The approved number of peacekeepers in Kazakhstan & mdash; 2.5 thousand people, the CSTO secretary general said. At the same time, he noted that, if necessary, it could be strengthened. In total, the CSTO peacekeeping force includes 3.6 thousand people.
Zas noted that the peacekeepers will guard the strategic facilities of Kazakhstan and help maintain order in the republic, they will not participate in dispersing the demonstrations.
The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, announced yesterday evening that a request for help from the CSTO would be 'relevant and timely' against the backdrop of protests over a twofold increase in liquefied gas. He explained the need for partners' help by the fact that terrorists trained abroad are behind the attacks on administrative buildings.
The CSTO Collective Security Council decided to help on the night of January 6. The Chairman of the Council, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, noted that the peacekeeping forces are being brought into Kazakhstan “ for a limited time period in order to stabilize and normalize the situation in this country. ''
The CSTO includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Zas in an interview with RIA Novosti said that all members of the organization participated in sending peacekeepers to Kazakhstan.
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