Russia led CTSO to deploy peacekeepers
Nikol Pashinyan Armenian prime minister and chairman of the Moscow led Collective Security Organisation (CSTO) has announced on Facebook that peacekeepers will be sent to Kazakhstan.
The CTSO is a joint collective security pact like the west’s NATO. It comprises of six former Soviet states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
“In response to the appeal by [President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev] and considering the threat to the national security and sovereignty of Kazakhstan, caused, among other things, by outside interference, the CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send the Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan in accordance with Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty.” Pashinyan said.
The CTSO chairman also assured that peacekeepers will only guard strategic installations and local security forces will deal with the protesters. “The CTSO for a limited period of time in order to stabilize and normalize the situation.” he added.
This comes as the Kazakh president warmed that “terrorists” have taken over strategic installations. The country a major Bitcoin miner got into this crisis after government subsidies on gas ended. Protests broke out and the president agreed to re-instate the subsidies. By Wednesday the protests turned violent with military installations, shops and offices attacked and footage of the old presidential palace burning going viral.
A nation wide state of emergency has been declared. Jen Psaki White House press secretary told reporters at a briefing. “There are some crazy Russian claims about the US being behind this, so let me just use this opportunity to convey that is absolutely false and clearly a part of the standard Russian disinformation playbook.”
Meanwhile Kazakh authorities have begun a “counter-terror” operation after blaming “foreign-trained” groups for turning the protests violent.
Source Reuters RT
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