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11 January 2022, 18:35

CSTO peacekeeping force described as effective instrument to counter ‘color revolutions'

MINSK, 11 January (BelTA) - There will be no more color revolutions in the post-Soviet space, Russian journalist Vladimir Soloviev said on his Soloviev LIVE YouTube channel, BelTA has learned.

"What we saw was a turning point in the game. There will be no ‘miracles' in the post-Soviet space. We have found the most effective instrument of countering color revolutions, no matter what form they take, either a peaceful protest or a direct attempt to use well-trained militants," the journalist said.

The recent developments in Kazakhstan and the role of the CSTO peacekeeping mission was also discussed in Vladimir Soloviev's political TV talk show. Experts offered their take on the situation in Kazakhstan and the actions of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

“The CSTO is not a virtual organization. It is a real thing. We have certainly saved thousands of lives in Kazakhstan. If the things had gone any further, the situation would have been much worse. Would Kazakhstan have coped on its own? Maybe. But the decision to deploy the CSTO peacekeeping forces sent a clear signal [to the rioters]: ‘You guys will not succeed'! The second message was to the security forces of Kazakhstan: ‘Do your job, guys. We got your back'. In other words ‘you have no chance to lose. You are going to prevail. Please do it as efficiently as possible',” said Vyacheslav Nikonov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the Russian State Duma.

Responding to Vladimir Soloviev's remark about the insignificant number of servicemen in the peacekeeping mission (fewer than 3,000), Vyacheslav Nikonov noted that it does not matter now. Much more important was the psychological aspect. "All in all, the CSTO peacekeeping forces number only 3,500 people. This is more than enough to stabilize a situation, to put a stop to any color revolution scenario. From this point of view, everything was done absolutely flawlessly," Vyacheslav Nikonov said.

Commenting on the importance of the CSTO, Vyacheslav Nikonov said that the coherent joint actions have shown that the CSTO states stand together and, if necessary, are ready to use force. "Attempts at a color revolution will no longer succeed. This is an obvious message. There will be no Maidan akin to the one in Ukraine in 2014. There will be no Maidans anywhere at all. We have learned what they are and how to deal with them," he stressed.

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